Ever since the 100D came out, I have been planning to upgrade from a 70D. The only reservation I've had is AP1 vs AP2's feature gap dramatically affecting my road trips. I eagerly arranged an AP2 test drive when 8.1 came out. I've had 17,000 miles in the last 8 months with AP1, and just finished around 150 miles of AP2 driving in a S P90D with firmware 17.11.10. Read More
I'll qualify this post with a very clear disclaimer. This is my opinion only. It can be exhausting reading the problems shared in this forum and I wanted to provide my own personal perspective after owning a Model S for 3 years and 50K miles.
Three and a half years ago I read the Model S forums obsessively and became concerned about the quality issues I was going to potentially face with my ordered Model S. Some of those turned out to be true over the last three years, others never came to be. Here is the list of what I've had repaired/replaced:
As some of you may recall from my earlier days on this forum, I was always set on finding an Electric Blue Roadster. After all, this was the color that I'd always configure for hours back in 2010/2011 when the Roadster Design Studio was a thing. I could never quite get it out of my head... Read More
Curious as to how many of the camera on the new Model S are actually being used at the moment so I decided to do some testing today.
I started by first covered in the side fender cameras. This has zero effect on Autopilot and it worked as if they were not covered.
I then covered the side B pillar cameras. Again, zero effect on Autopilot.
I then covered the windshield drivers side camera. Again no effect and no error warning.
Next I covered the windshield passenger side camera and finally started to see an effect. The Autopilot steering wheel icon kept appearing and disappearing. I was able to engage Autosteer but it was pretty erratic.
I finally covered all cameras and Autosteer would not work at all, as expected. The odd thing was that the visual lanes would still pop in and out of view on the display but the AP steering wheel icon never appeared.
When we picked up our new Tesla in June of 2015 I decided to let the kids, 7 & 9, pick her name. Because they were an integral part of it and because they were there when we christened her with her new name they felt like Evie became a part of the family. As software updates came out and Evie began to do things like parallel park herself, the kids thought she was learning and growing up. When A/P was released and Evie could effectively drive herself the kids literally squealed with excitement that she had learned something new. Read More