Sunday, October 28, 2018

Navigate on AutoPilot

More official details of Navigate on AutoPilot are now available, along with a nice intro video that does a good job of explaining it.  For an initial test period the system will ask for confirmation of lane changes, but once that is well tested (Elon said ~10 Million miles of use) there will be an option to skip the confirmation.  A beautiful next step, and I certainly welcome the support for merging now, that was one that was needed.  Hopefully it works even when Navigate is not utilized and just AutoPilot is engaged.  We will see, I'm waiting on the update.. there is no "check for latest" option, you just have to wait.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Drive on Navigation hits AutoPilot

What a delight to see this drop after Day 2 of my Model 3! I’m quite excited to see this in action, from the videos of the beta that some folks provided it is quite something to behold the car change lanes to overtake a slower driver, managing interchanges and exits on highways and interstates.. this will require more diligence than ever to oversee and maintain safety, but what an exciting time!

Day One AutoPilot

After my first day of driving around I LOVE AutoPilot on the interstate!

From the time I merged in on 24, to the 440 offramp, circling around Nashville to the West End exit.. it was a breeze, even in the rain.  When I needed to change lanes, I just toss on my blinker and the car does the rest.  The one spot I had to disengage was when my lane split and AutoPilot does not yet follow navigation for things like that, a feature coming in the next update. I could have avoided the disengagement by changing out of the lane before it split. 

On other roads the system requires a lot more handholding. Traffic lights and stop signs are not supported yet, neither are turns. You can still get some benefit from the system, especially if you have a car in front of you so it will handle braking when the car in front of you brakes for the traffic light. For turns you just step on the brake to disengage and handle the turn, then once the lane is established by AutoPilot you are free to engage again. 

The future is going to be amazing as software updates continue to refine the AutoPilot system but what is already possible is quite helpful. This is by far the best feature on an already stunning car. I can’t wait for the next update, which Elon says should be pushed out soon! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Twelve Days of Christmas

From order to delivery it took a startling 12 days. This was quite the surprise given the 4-6 week delivery estimate. I’m not complaining, we got our ducks in a row with some quickness and made it happen.

This car is insane and I love it! More to come..

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tesla Model 3, made the plunge!

I made the plunge last week and ordered a Tesla Model 3.  I had been waiting on the base model, but with the expiration of the full tax credit looming at the end of the year it made sense to consider picking up the long range version instead, it was just a matter of timing.  I then made the mistake of test driving the car.. WOW!!

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18" Aero Wheels * Black Premium Interior
 Enhanced Autopilot * Full Self Driving (when ready)

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About once a month my car gets a software update that makes it more capable and enjoyable than the month prior.  I've never experi...