The Autopilot is a Pickup that, when activated, takes controll of the users craft, automatically steering it through any series of turns for up to 10 seconds dependant on conditions. The initial activation period will encase the craft in a weaker, more transparent variant of the Shield Pickup. After 5 seconds pass the Autopilot and its shield will automatically disengage unless the craft is still in the process of turning, in which case the automatic steering effect carries on for another 5 seconds.
In earlier game versions the Autopilot would carry on indefinitly aslong as the user's craft was still considered "Turning".
The Autopilot is capable of clearing the most extreme of turns with relative ease, with an extreme example being Hydrome Bed's drop-turn.