I didn't get my car to auto park yesterday after trying for quite some time with nice curbs and quite a lot of well spaced spots. I will try again today by pulling ahead even more than I did yesterday. While I applaud Tesla adding this feature I do have to say that it should NOT be this complicated to auto park a car.
Agreed. I would suggest Tesla show something on the IC (when going at the slow speed needed for autopark) that confirms if it sees an appropriate curb (or better yet, fix it <if possible> to work with more curb types>). I think that one item would be a fundamental improvement that would make using the system much more user friendly. Oh, and make the P stand out much more obvious, as it is really kind of annoying to be driving in a 'looking for parking' capacity AND be looking down at the IC all the time... these are situations where cars pull out or dogs/kids run out, eyes should be on the road as much as possible (heads up display is REALLY going to help Tesla out as they move further with autopilot, imo).
It already works at what I (for what it is worth) think is an appropriate lateral distance from the parked cars, so that should be straight forward.
Slow speed makes sense.
Oh look, a big P, I can park here!
K, having to know to put car in reverse isn't ideal, but it isn't horrible.
From there, the car does a good job, putting buttons and status front and center for the driver.