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Watch Dogs: Legion Autodrive guide

Let the car drive on the wrong side of the road for you

Watch Dogs: Legion guide: How to use Autodrive Image: Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft via Polygon

In this Watch Dogs: Legion guide, we’ll tell you all about the Autodrive feature that (some) cars offer. We’ll tell you about how it works, when to use it, how to turn it on and off, and we’ll explain some of its quirks.

What is Autodrive and how does it work?

Autodrive is an autopilot setting for some cars in Watch Dogs: Legion’s London. When you hop in a car, all you have to do is hit a button, and the car will take you to your destination on its own.

The car will do frustrating things like stopping at red lights, obeying speed limits, avoiding pedestrians, and sticking to the correct side of the road (this is in London, remember, so this is the objectively wrong side of the road). It’s slow, but it’s also inconspicuous and safe.

How to tell which cars have Autodrive

A taxi with Autodrive in Watch Dogs: Legion
The ((A))utodrive symbol appears in the upper right corner of this taxi’s windshield
Image: Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft via Polygon

Not every car has Autodrive, but luckily it’s easy to tell if it’s equipped. Look for the stylized A logo — like a combination of an A and a Wi-Fi logo … or a capital A inside of four parenthesis — on the windshield (and sometimes on the side windows).

The on/off toggle is confusing

When you turn on ((A))utodrive, you’ll get a voice confirmation from the car, but your screen will switch to a prompt saying “Turn Autodrive off.” It says “Turn Autodrive off” means that Autodrive is on.

Think of it this way: The Autodrive on/off button works like a play/pause button on a smartphone. When something is playing, the button switches to a pause icon. When a video is paused, it becomes a play button. Similarly, when Autodrive is on, the prompt switches to turn it off and vice versa.

When to use Autodrive

As you play Watch Dogs: Legion, you’ll reveal more and more of London, including Tube Stations. Tube Stations act as fast travel destinations, letting you quickly bounce around London. You have to physically travel to them first, though, so that means you’ll likely use Autodrive more early on in the game when you don’t have Tube Station options.

Use Autodrive as what it is: a hands-free mode. Set a waypoint, hit the autopilot button, and relax. We tend to set the controller down and make a cup of coffee (or tea, if you want a more immersive experience). Let the game do the work for you.

Autodrive is also helpful if you have trouble driving on the correct (wrong) side of the road.

You need to set a waypoint (not just track a mission)

An early confusion that we ran into is the difference between tracking a mission and waypoints. Tracking a mission puts a yellow marker on your map for the next step. If you get in a car and activate Autodrive at that point, the car will just continue straight until it runs out of road. It won’t take you to the mission location you’re tracking because it isn’t a waypoint.

Creating a waypoint, however, gives you a path along roads to reach that point. You need a waypoint before Autodrive will take you where you want to go.

Having a difference between a tracked mission marker and a waypoint is more useful than you might initially expect. For example, a mission might be easier with an Albion guard on your team. Recruiting them might take you all over town, but it’s all in service of the larger mission.