Last year, Tesla introduced ‘Navigate on Autopilot’ on cars with its Enhanced Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system running Software Version 9.0. The company recently expanded the functionality of the feature to provide a “more seamless active guidance experience.”

With the update, driver now have a Customize Navigate on Autopilot button in the Autopilot settings menu, which will now display three settings – Enable at Start of Every Trip, Require Lane Change Confirmation and Lane Change Notification.

The first setting allows Navigate on Autopilot to be automatically turned on each time a driver enters a navigation route. Meanwhile, if users opt not to enable ‘Require Lane Change Confirmation’, lane changes will happen automatically, without requiring confirmation via the turn signal stalk.

The last setting lets users choose if they want to be notified about an upcoming lane change by receiving an audible chime and visual prompt, with steering wheel vibration also present on cars made after August 2017. This allows drivers to decide if they want to cancel the lane change before the vehicle performs the manoeuvre.

Tesla is quick to remind its users that this feature does not make a car fully autonomous, as automatic lane changes will only happen when it detects the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.