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    Car likely totaled

    Sorry to hear about the accident. But shouldn't your claim be against the car that hit you (the car that you were yielding to and got t-boned), rather than the car that ultimately caused the accident. Then it's down to that car's insurance to claim all of it from the un-insured kid? It may not...
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    2020 Tesla Crashes in Ohio

    Umm. Taking your foot off the accelerator would have stopped the car in a few hundred feet, or at least slowed to a crawling pace. More like wrong peddle. Hit accelerator at the traffic light rather than the brake, and then froze.
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    FSD or Solar

    a. Definitely Solar. b. Then Powerwall. The House runs off the solar in the morning (also charging the battery), House runs off batteries while at shoulder/peak rate, selling all solar back to the grid). Car charges from super-off peak at night, which is more than offset by selling peak rate to...
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    What score is getting FSD?

    Guess I'm going to be waiting for the public release with a score of 78 (Or rather my wife's score of <78).:(
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    Your Maintenance experiences / Cost to own

    Discount Tire. $365 each for Pilot Sport 4S AC. I did, say that was for 2(two) rear tires, not a complete set.
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    Your Maintenance experiences / Cost to own

    2019 M3P approx 38K Window Tint (completely optional so not priced) 2 Tire Repairs ($0) 2 OEM Rear Tires (approx $900 inc fitting, balancing, insurance etc.) 1 keycard ($20) 12v Battery under warrantee A couple of post-delivery fixes. FSD Computer Upgrade Essentially maintenance free, apart...
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    AEB is too abrupt - I got rear-ended

    So, you'd rather it did what it said in the manual, and actually run into the car in front even though it could manage to stop, you would rather it just ran into the car in front, just to prove your interpretation of the manual? That's rather perverse logic. ----- If you actually read the...
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    AEB is too abrupt - I got rear-ended

    No. The car makes a best effort attempt at mitigating frontal collision by initiating the AEB functionality, with the knowledge that is available to the car at the time. Most of the factors involved in the stopping, are unknowable by the car, as the car isn't omnipotent. So it can't perfectly...
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    AEB is too abrupt - I got rear-ended

    You can do exactly that. The car's not stopping you, just get to nearly stopped, and then accelerate the last 5 feet to close up the 'gap' you feel you need. Almost certainly won't happen for the average, or probably even most experienced drivers, in most cases where AEB kicked in. You'll most...
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    AEB is too abrupt - I got rear-ended

    What was the rate the truck in front slowing? Is it constant, will it hit something in front, increasing it's deceleration, will its brakes fade, will is skid loosing traction.... What surface was the road at that particular braking zone. What was the camber of the road. What was the temperature...
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    AEB is too abrupt - I got rear-ended

    My view, is that AEB kicks in "When a collision is inevitable", and it will always, brake as hard as it can to 'mitigate' the inevitable collision. So, by the time AEB kicks in, the car/driver is already in minimize injury/damage mode, specifically from hitting the car/object in front. It's not...
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    FSD V9 First Impressions - General Public Access Seems Way Off

    I've watched a couple of the Youtube videos, and while I agree that it's not a generally a 'solved problem', for the commute I do, it's probably good-enough, to be useful. A mile or two, at each end, with big controlled intersections, merge onto the freeway, and the major portion in the middle I...
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    NeurIPS paper: Causal Confusion in Imitation Learning

    Not disagreeing with the paper, but... But, behavioral cloning of experts, isn't the goal for most of AI learning, the goal is to be much better, than the average expert/driver. Needs to be better to gain acceptance. Learning to be a poor imitation of an expert, isn't really much use in the...
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    FSD rewrite will go out on Oct 20 to limited beta

    The HW3 computer has 2 parallel sides of the processor, which can run independently? It's been stated that the existing apps doesn't need the processing power of both sides. Do we know/think that the FSD software may be running on one side collecting data, making predictions, while the other...
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    FSD rewrite will go out on Oct 20 to limited beta

    Yep, that's the vision, that we/I bought into, and subject to the potential risks. Thanks for linking that. " Full Self-Driving Capability All new Tesla cars have the hardware needed in the future for full self-driving in almost all circumstances. The system is designed to be able to conduct...
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    FSD rewrite will go out on Oct 20 to limited beta

    The way I remember it, when I bought it with the car, is that FSD was being 'advertised' or sold as, being capable of being added to the Robo-Taxi fleet, (subject to regulatory approval, and launch of the Robo-Taxi service, and development risk). That was the 'value add' or potential upside of...
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    FSD rewrite will go out on Oct 20 to limited beta

    I guess we will see. Don't think anybody knows yet, but I think the existing set will get us a long way there. Those extra sensors would definitely give better than human visibility, and wouldn't argue against them. The move to 4D modelling though, like we as humans do, should offset the...
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    FSD rewrite will go out on Oct 20 to limited beta

    We do quite well (well that's debatable) at L5 driving, with much less sensitive, and poorer/faulty sensors than the car already has. I know I don't have radar which can see through fog/rain/snow, under other cars, and have eyes in the back of my head, and in my temples. My ears also aren't very...
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    FSD rewrite will go out on Oct 20 to limited beta

    Evolution is another good analogy. Sometimes, evolution will take you into a dead-end, cul-de-sac. A "local minima" (or maxima, depends on how you are measuring). You can't evolve your way out of that, it's a dead-end. But there is no way to know its a dead-end until you get there, AND you have...
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    PSA: Don't use third-party apps and services, period.

    Privacy is largely an illusion, or delusion. If you have a phone, a credit card, use a computer, watch the tv, have smart home devices, use electricity or gas, use the internet, go into a town, or use a road, use a bus or train. Some system somewhere is tracking you. Doesn't mean that data is...
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    Setting max speed limit while driving

    Yes, I had that on an old Jaguar many years ago (1991 car). Was very useful to toggle on/off using the stalk in the same way as cruise was on/off. Was very useful in 'Average Speed' restriction areas/roads with in/out cameras. Get up to the speed, flip the switch, and then carry on driving...
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    Please convince me to buy FSD (PS I used to own it...)

    It was all or nothing when I bough the car. No EAP option, so I got it, with the anticipation that it would get better over time, and it has, much better. Wouldn't be without it now. On my commutes it does 85% of the boring stuff, leaving me time to 'manage' the car, rather than having to be...
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    Getting pissed with degredation

    There are multiple 'degradation' types, some a permanent, some are recoverable. (Same as an ICE car) By 'degradation' I am referring to the car reporting less mileage available than it did in the past. I am referring to 'Available Range Degradation', rather than 'Battery Degradation'. In a...
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    Getting pissed with degredation

    This explains alot of the recovery I have seen since not commuting for the last few months. Car was charging, ready to leave in the morning, then sitting in the parking lot, with cooler & sentry on most of the day. Then commuting home, cooling down, plugging in, with about 50% battery charge...
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    Reduced Range - Tesla Issued a Service Bulletin for possible fix

    Here's an update on mine. Mine had gotten pretty bad, reporting down to 271 at 100%. (Low point 9th April) However, over the last few months, it has recovered remarkably, and is now up to 296! Which is down on the 307 I saw initially, but The MAJOR difference, over this time, is that I'm not...
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    Will Car Brake/Steer If Driven Toward Obstacle?

    Given that there is a lane marking, Emergency Lane Departure may kick in if it thinks there is an imminent collision about to happen. But may depend on whether it thinks you are deliberately going that way, or whether it thinks you are drifting out of your lane, or many other parameters. And...
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    Model 3 Std - range is now increasing?

    I've been seeing the same thing. Now, my commute has been eliminated for the last few months (100 miles/day). Have also dropped from 90% to 80% [charge setting] overnight. 100% charge estimate has recovered from a low of near 270 back up to 290. which is not far off the 299 that it should be...
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    P3D Add performance checkbox removes on new custom orders

    Ok, how about AMG Mercedes driving school, they should know a thing or two about it. Listen/Watch about threshold breaking, and transition time to full threshold braking. Locking up/using ABS reduces braking force by 30percent. Faster transition reduces stopping distances. Faster reacting...
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    P3D Add performance checkbox removes on new custom orders

    This isn't an academic research paper, plenty of research out there if you want to look. Lookup threshold braking for example. If you are talking about 'Panic' braking, then you are already NOT breaking as fast as the car could brake. The car can brake is a significantly shorter distance if you...
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    P3D Add performance checkbox removes on new custom orders

    For those who are saying that the brakes don't affect the braking performance, need to think of the WHOLE car as a dynamic system. Yes the tires affect the stopping distance. BUT so does the suspension, which controls the weight transfer under braking. Tires under more load, can grip more, and...
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    Testing 0-60 time question

    Don't confuse positional accuracy with Speed/Time accuracy, they are calculated differently GPS.gov: GPS Accuracy How accurate is GPS for speed measurement? As with positioning, the speed accuracy of GPS depends on many factors. The government provides the GPS signal in space with a global...
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    Track pack is here!

    Anyone experimented to see what happens if you put the car in reverse? Fully FWD, No stability control, Car in reverse. Reverse drifting anyone?
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    Firmware 2020.8

    Whoo.. Track Mode V2!
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    Reduced Range - Tesla Issued a Service Bulletin for possible fix

    Think mine is statistically worse than yours if that helps at all. I'm the worst of 20, rather than 4. About the same range as yours, but 10K less miles. 08/18 build date.
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    Summons unrelable

    Will use whatever data connection your phone is connected to. The app doesn't get to choose, the phone does. If connected to a bad WiFi, it will try to use that data connection and fail. It doesn't use point-to-point Bluetooth to the car. (If it the phone was connected using a Bluetooth DUN to...
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    Why does my Model 3 use significantly less energy in self-driving mode?

    Only if it's steep enough for gravity to be greater than the drag of the car. At freeway speeds, the drag is quite high, so the hill needs to be steep(er). The faster you go, the more drag, the less re-gen needed. So let it roll, till it reaches an equilibrium! You then have captured 100% of...
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    Summons unrelable

    I find it is intermittent IF I am on the edge of WiFi range (i.e. outside my house, or in the work parking lot). Works MUCH more reliably if I turn off WiFi in those situations. Would be the same in any other place where I have WiFi connected, but on the edge of reception. Does work with WiFi...
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    Why does my Model 3 use significantly less energy in self-driving mode?

    My wife uses about 50% more energy than me. Not any faster, just uses more energy. She is constantly micro-adjusting the speed throttle, not enough to make any difference to the speed, and mostly you can't feel it (or I have just got used to it), but you can see it on the black/green bars...
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    why electronic door locks?

    Same on my old 2000 TVR Cerbera. (UK car similar to Dodge Viper) Frameless windows went up inside/behind the frames to seal. Emergency release in the Floor area. NO handles on the outside either, just a button, the same as the inside. Which was OK, until you left the lights on, and the battery...
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    Repetititve shudder

    If the tires were checked, and are balanced, then can probably rule out the balance of the wheel/tire, unless you don't believe the results, in which case, take it somewhere else to get double-checked. While there, get the alignment checked (4 wheel). Will indicate if hit something (pothole)...
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    Repetititve shudder

    Lane departure warning will cause an intentional shudder when un-intentionally moving out of your lane without signalling. Not repetitive though, but could be the more pronounced shudder you feel. Easy to disable in the menus to eliminate that from the equation.
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    Model 3 HW3 retrofit questions, wait time, issues

    I just booked an appointment for a "HW3 upgrade please" last week. Nothing else on the request, just that. Mobile appointment was for 14th, who referred to the SC, which brought forward the appointment by a week to today. Message from the SC 2 days ago said sure, everything's ready, drop it off...
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    Model 3 HW3 retrofit questions, wait time, issues

    Well, that was quick and un-eventful. 6hrs later had the car back.
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    Model 3 HW3 retrofit questions, wait time, issues

    Mine's in to be updated today
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    Extend range

    IMHO, you are probably better off NOT trying to stretch the range, or charge 100% all of the time. Charge to 90%, Accept that you are going to need to stop to re-charge and grab a coffee for 15-20mins to top off (assuming somewhere convenient). You can easily make up that time over a full...
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    TeslaFi Battery Report - What does your LR car charge to @ 100%?

    This is mine (again). There seems to be a pattern in drops, whereby there is an initial big drop at about 4-5 K miles, and then it declines from there. Have been to the SC a couple of times, and each time they say, "Its normal, but if it continues and you are worried about it come back". They...
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    TeslaFi Battery Report - What does your LR car charge to @ 100%?

    The DATA is absolutely real, its reported by the car on what it 'Estimates' the likely range of the car is. (With some sort of an assumed driving profile) What isn't obvious is the information that can be drawn from that data. Non the less, the trends and differences between different cars are...
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    TeslaFi Battery Report - What does your LR car charge to @ 100%?

    Has me at 260 wh/Mile about 90% efficiency. Good comparison, as identical cars, same location (temps). My miles are mostly north/south on the 15, and autopilot. My average distance per drive is quite alot higher which will help with efficiency. Recently been a fair-bit higher that that with the...
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    TeslaFi Battery Report - What does your LR car charge to @ 100%?

    P3D as well. Was on a continuous downward trajectory, but recently bumped up a bit, and is sort of flat about 285 ish. SC said that the 'degradation' was in the normal range, and that the reported range isn't an accurate indication of degradation. (Not that it really matters to me, as the...
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    If SMT indicates "Max regen" is 85 kW, why don't I get that?

    And if there were more load(people) in the car, would use more regen energy, to hit that max retardation g. Sounds like a reasonable/logical explanation.

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