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  1. bradtem

    How's life without Premium Connectivity?

    I only buy premium connectivity when going on a road trip. In that case it's nice to get access to the different cell network (sometimes my phone has no signal and the car does) though the browser in the car is close to useless, sadly. If you really want the features you can tether to your...
  2. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    Alas, there are several explanations, and you want to know whether it as disengaged and when. Did Nav-on-AP initiate the lane change and do it without confirmation from the driver? (This will happen if the driver is driving in "constant wheel torque" mode, which is how I drive with AP.) Did AP...
  3. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    Hmm, in the slightest? Well, since they are different, we would want to know which one made any errors, the older or the newer. We are also interested in which one the driver thought was engaged (That's FSD) though both are to be driven with supervision. The presence of FSD in the...
  4. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    I don't think FSD can be in use on I-80, but the driver probably started in FSD. If they have this though, the bigger question is did the driver do any inputs, such as turn signal to initiate lane change, or any pedal/wheel input to disengage.
  5. bradtem

    Surprise post-holiday 4200-mile road trip to Colorado in Model Y

    What's nice is being able to say you didn't really worry about charging. We all love our EVs and around town charging is zero adventure, but on road trips it can be. I've never seen a road trip report in a gas car that spent any part of the report on what they did to find gasoline, but...
  6. bradtem

    Autonomous Car Progress

    Actually, the most deployments are "roadbot" deployments in China from JD, Neolix, Meituan etc. (Nuro has a similar device but only 2 deployments at present.) These go on the roads and have no place for a human. Delivery is easier.
  7. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    Frankly, I think most of us prior to this would have said we didn't think they had $13,000 of spare margin on the Model Y. And I still don't think the competitors do. For the competitors to match these price cuts (at least on the Y, Plaid and X) they are probably going to have to take a lot...
  8. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    I think around <1% of car buyers have Teslas. They want to sell to everybody. Losing some sales from that small group would be annoying, but a blip in their overall sales plan. You attract a *lot* more people with new low prices than you could ever piss off. I mean it's not even close...
  9. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    Well, Tesla has two motives in these price cuts. The main one on several of the cars was to get them under the rebate price cap. That price they did not control. But they are taking a massive profit cut with these price drops. It's very difficult to see how the sales increase from these...
  10. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    Software add-ons are a better proposal. Not that free charging isn't nice, but it has a real cost. Tesla used to say they were billing for charging at a break-even basis. I don't think that's true any more as it got up very high, though it's come down a bit. As such, free charging is...
  11. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    I really don't think any warning about prices subject to change would change anything. Is there anybody who doesn't know prices can change? #2 seems unlikely as something they would do. You are suggesting they should have said that "The real price of the MYLR is $54K, but right now there is a...
  12. bradtem

    The recent price drop

    So what would you do for the people who purchased 6 months and 1 day before the price cut, who would be looking at the price the people paid who bought a day later? All you've done is move the day of regret -- great for you, but what about them?
  13. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    Let's get back to the core question instead of people sniping at each other. While I don't think Tesla has model years in the same way as other OEMs do (even if it technically has them) I still am interested in the core question I asked. If you think this was bad and hurt Tesla owners and...
  14. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    Well, since Tesla doesn't have "model years" the way other OEMs do, this is a bit more challenging. Indeed, they could have said, "We extend this rebate to all who purchased a 2023 model" which would mean nothing in their system, just going back a week. Wouldn't have made people too happy...
  15. bradtem

    Be Careful If you Subtotal goes above $55,000.00 with Accessories BYE BYE Rebate !!

    Why buy Enhanced Autopilot with the car? While perhaps it doesn't risk the rebate, you don't really get much for it now. Auto park and summon are disabled. So all you get is navigate on autopilot and turn signal lane change. The latter is nice but hardly worth $6K. Nav-on-auto is a...
  16. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    So you feel betrayed -- others have said the same. So the question is, how would you have done it? Drop the price gradually? How gradually? Won't that stop people from buying, wanting to know when the price dropping is complete? Yes, part of this change is to qualify for the...
  17. bradtem

    How should Tesla go about dropping prices on a car?

    We've all seen the frustration here, both those who bought recently and those who now will see their used car value plummet. I felt it in 2019 after the price of my 2018 Model 3 dropped a ton. But aside from vent, I am trying to figure out, just how would we want a company to drop prices...
  18. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    Ignore perspective and time the slowdown from 55mph to zero and decide if it's fast or hard
  19. bradtem

    Upset that Tesla screwed customers who took delivery in the last few months

    I felt this frustration myself when the dropped the price of the car I bought within a month of my buying it. I could have had a LR dual motor instead of the mid-range I got for the same money. But then, just how exactly would you have them lower prices? What should they do? Never lower...
  20. bradtem

    How far will current selling prices fall after Jan. 1 ?

    It could not be otherwise. If you can get a new MYLR for $54K and get a $7500 tax credit on it plus possible state credits to get it under $45,000 nobody is going to pay close to that for your used vehicle of similar or lesser specs, and they were paying more than that a few months ago...
  21. bradtem

    How far will current selling prices fall after Jan. 1 ?

    Do you simply get the new price even if you don't ask? That would be fair, but either way, you will get it if you ask because you can always cancel.
  22. bradtem

    How far will current selling prices fall after Jan. 1 ?

    Aside from pissing off those who just took delivery -- anybody who ordered but has not taken delivery will no doubt cancel or demand the new price -- this is also a hit for all current Tesla owners, who will now see a big drop in the used price of your car when you are ready to sell it. A few...
  23. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    https://www.google.com/maps/@37.808562,-122.3666958,3a,75y,43.18h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s31JW9CjrCL4STNJBd-yvGw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 It is actually quite hard to use google maps around here because it, unlike a car, will switch decks.
  24. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    GPS would not function in that tunnel. Any nav system uses its road graph to know you don't just change decks on a highway. If they can't do that, it would be a bad failure. For one thing the upper deck goes the other way and it would then think it was going the wrong way on a highway...
  25. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    What Tesla has to post is just apples to apples comparisons. It knows what people drive on, what class of roads. It can say, "For freeways, the rate of airbag deploys is X with AP on, Y with it off." It can break it down more finely off highways, but can group together roads with similar...
  26. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    Tesla used to be fairly open about this. Particularly if it puts more blame on the driver. So if this driver hit the brakes, disengaging AP, Tesla might be happy to point that out. But they have not. However, this is still not such a simple issue. If Tesla's UI is such that people do...
  27. bradtem

    SF Bay Accident Surveillance Footage

    I am here, especially when you Voldemort-invoke me by using the userid in a way that tags the thread. There have been many AP crashes of course, but this one was interesting because it was one of the few where I felt an ordinary driver, even used to AP, might run into some trouble, the...
  28. bradtem

    Vote for a Supercharger location

    So many of the candidates are in cities and places where people own Teslas. That's silly. Tesla doesn't need voting to tell them where Tesla drivers live and where they currently drive. Voting on that is for show, they have the real hard data about where ever Tesla goes, where they get low...
  29. bradtem

    Thanksgiving 2022 charging stories?

    There are many threads here about these adapters in all forms, but no, they only work on post-2020 models, though there are ways to retrofit, and Tesla will offer its own retrofit for some cars later this year, they say.
  30. bradtem

    Recapping my 3500 mile road trip frustrations

    Plugshare and other tools are great, but there is no tool that does it all. My essential tool for picking charging stops is Google maps because it shows all the amenities along with reviews for all the restaurants and hours etc. My top question for any charging stop is "what are we going...
  31. bradtem

    Tesla belatedly tries to make their connector a North American standard

    Yes, you are in the reasonably small subset of people for whom a 350 mile car is the right choice. There are such people, but for most people a 250 mile car, or even less, is more than enough because they just don't take those longer trips, except on intercity road trips. If we made all the...
  32. bradtem

    Tesla belatedly tries to make their connector a North American standard

    There is no question that 300+ mile range is nicer, but it comes with a cost. Much more expensive car (especially when the maker insists you also buy things like dual motor or other features to get the longer range) and a bunch of extra weight. You carry that cost and weight around all the...
  33. bradtem

    Pricing Predictions for tomorrow: 1/1/2023?

    Earlier, when Teslas were hard to get your hands on and you had to wait for delivery, I predicted Tesla would raise prices when the rebates arrived. After all, when they lost the rebate in 2019, they lowered prices to compensate. But then they had a slow quarter and were giving people $7500...
  34. bradtem

    Deceptive website by Tesla - features no longer exist in 2023

    When I got my car there was no AP/EAP difference. The car came with no AP, and you could only buy what they called EAP to which they added features like "smart" summon, Nav-on-AP etc. One of the features they added was turn-signal triggered lane change in AP. So is that what you refer to or...
  35. bradtem

    Tesla belatedly tries to make their connector a North American standard

    Well, you live in one of the places where the LR car is closer to necessary than a nice-to-have, but of course it's expensive. In time, though, your problem will go away and there will be more charging even there. And in Mexico too, not that one would drive there to charge.
  36. bradtem

    Deceptive website by Tesla - features no longer exist in 2023

    Can somebody confirm for me -- if you just have basic AP, are you able to change lanes automatically when driving in AP by just using the turn signal? Or is that an EAP feature? I am not talking about how in EAP/Nav-on-AP it will notice the car in front of you is going too slow and change...
  37. bradtem

    Charging Advice 1st Long Trip

    That is true, though there is some sharing at V3, but in a larger pool. They can't charge every car in a V3 station at 250kw, apparently not even close. That's not that much of a problem though because essentially never will all the cars be able to take 250kw at the same time. Most cars...
  38. bradtem

    Charging Advice 1st Long Trip

    No, the 250s are better but only modestly better, do not go out of your way to use them. Other factors are stronger like how much detour and most of all, the quality of the food or shopping that you plan to make use of at the stop, and you should always have something to do at the stop that you...
  39. bradtem

    Charging Advice 1st Long Trip

    I recommend also to get the CCS adapter if you live in Ontario, as there's a lot of areas of Ontario and Quebec that only have CCS/CdM and not Tesla. ABRP will route to include those. You will prefer your superchargers but having these opens up a lot more options on alternate routes if you...
  40. bradtem

    SoCal to Bay Area Supercharging Route - Suggestions Requested

    Both ABRP and your car will plan a route for you, and they will plan one better than you have done. You should only charge to 100% if you truly need it, ie. you are going into remote areas, or there is a very long gap to your next available charger. What you are doing not only is bad for your...
  41. bradtem

    FSD Ripoff or Not?

    Yes, not only was it the Bay Bridge, but the Bay Bridge is an interstate highway, and FSD does not operate on the interstates, but switches over to Autopilot -- there is an obvious change on your screen. Now, you may call them jackasses, and they will indeed be found at fault under the law in a...
  42. bradtem

    Deceptive website by Tesla - features no longer exist in 2023

    I expect Tesla feels it will arrive before too long. In general, they would not normally remove a sensor and disable features deliberately. I presume it's a mistake -- they expected the software to be ready, they retooled the plant to stop putting in ultrasonics and then whoops, the software...
  43. bradtem

    Teslarati : "California passes law banning Tesla from calling software FSD"

    They will rename it "Future Self Driving" and make it more explicit (it's already pretty explicit) that the functionality you get with this name is not available at present, but you'll get it when it becomes available. I don't think the law prohibits selling a self-driving package for the...
  44. bradtem

    Deceptive website by Tesla - features no longer exist in 2023

    Well, Tesla obviously disputes whether the features cannot exist on the current hardware config. In fact, they promise it will. Well, almost promise, they have put in a few weasel words. They probably would do well to change where they say you get "Auto Park" to "Auto Park after future...
  45. bradtem

    FSD Ripoff or Not?

    Depends who does it. Now I do agree Waymo is likely to be out there on their own for a while, maybe Cruise will come in a bit later. However, before long, one of the players that is willing to work with Uber will come along. Motional has a 10 year deal with Uber. So no, Uber won't be...
  46. bradtem

    FSD Ripoff or Not?

    I would not just argue that, that is definitely the case. Mind you I think $6K is a bit of a rip off for EAP. The only useful feature in EAP to me is Autopark. I do use auto lane change but mostly because manual lane change is a pain, you must disengage, lane change, re-engage. It's not...
  47. bradtem

    FSD Transfer - NO - but Tesla says it's really OK

    They would probably need to make an exception that each user only gets one hardware upgrade. If I bought a used 2019 car and transferred my FSD to it, it would need another HW3 upgrade.
  48. bradtem

    FSD Ripoff or Not?

    No, as I said there are two ways to look at it. There was no "Autopilot" vs "Enhanced Autopilot" at that time. Most people called it Autopilot. It didn't come with the car. There was no set of features that were the difference between AP and EAP as became the case later. At that time, it...
  49. bradtem

    FSD Ripoff or Not?

    At the time there was no "Autopilot" there was only "Enhanced Autopilot." It did not come with the car. I think most people bought it -- AP (as it was usually called) was one of the premier features of a Tesla back then. Later Tesla created a sub-system called Autopilot and included it...
  50. bradtem

    FSD Ripoff or Not?

    I paid $2,000 for FSD. It was worth it in the sense that I consult in the field and it's worth keeping up with what Tesla is doing. It's not worth it in that it's not pleasant to drive with it, my GF won't let me turn it on when she's in the car, and I usually turn navigate on autopilot off...

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