It is no secret that strict regulations have impacted the driver-assist features Tesla is able to offer in the European Union (EU). This includes having to scale back features that were previously like automatic lane changes and limiting how far the steering wheel can turn while Autopilot is engaged.
Now it appears another feature in the Autopilot suite is in contravention of EU regulations as Drive Tesla has learned the automaker has been forced to delay new deliveries of vehicles equipped with either Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) or Full Self-Driving (FSD) Capability.
One customer who configured his vehicle with EAP and who was expecting to receive his car in the next few days told us his delivery is on hold for at least one week until Tesla can deploy a software update to deactivate one of the functions within EAP.
This customer was able to confirm with at least three other soon-to-be owners who also ordered either EAP or FSD, all of whom were also given the same reason by their Delivery Advisor.
Unfortunately we don’t know the details of what that function may be, but one possibility could again be automatic lane changes.
UPDATE 7:50am PST: We have heard from several customers from Spain to Norway that are being told of similar delays. One customer was told the issue is with the automatic exit off a highway when Navigate on Autopilot (NoA) is active, and the software update will temporarily disable the feature.
UPDATE May 27 7:58am PST: According to one of our readers who is awaiting delivery in Germany, he has been told by his Delivery Advisor the software update will roll out on May 30 and he will be able to take delivery on May 31.
UPDATE May 31 8:05am PST: Unfortunately it looks like the update has been pushed back. One of our readers had his May 31 delivery cancelled and was told the update will come out “in the next few days.”
Back in February Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) announced they were looking into the feature, but did not specify the exact problem they had with it other than to say it “may not be permitted in Europe.”
The KBA said they were in contact with their counterparts in the Netherlands about the probe, as well as Tesla, but have yet to announce any developments in their investigation.
Tesla only offers EAP in Europe and China, but it is an attractive option since it is about half the price and contains all the same features as FSD, with the only exception being Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (TLSSC).
If your delivery in Europe is on hold, let us know in the comments below or reach to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have been given the exact reason for the delay.