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Autopilot challenge - Supercharger to Supercharger (200+ miles) hands off.

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ratsbew, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. ratsbew

    ratsbew Member

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    I'm looking forward to hearing stories of who can drive the longest distance completely hands off. I'm sure that there are going to be tons of people testing out this feature today and can't wait to hear the stories.
     
  2. ecarfan

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    #2 ecarfan, Oct 15, 2015
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    Based on a video released a few hours ago by Marc_G, when Autopilot is engaged it appears to require that every 2 minutes or so the driver must put their hands on the wheel. It is unclear to me if the wheel can sense hand contact or if the driver needs to make a very slight wheel movement to tell the Autopilot they are paying attention to the road.
    --UPDATE--
    My error, just read some other posts stating that they drove for many minutes (e.g. half an hour) with Autopilot engaged and got only a couple of nags. That may be because Autopilot was momentarily unable to track poor or missing lane markings.
    So now I'm thinking there is no "timed" nag feature.
     
  3. Stoneymonster

    Stoneymonster Active Member

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    Others are reporting going 30+ miles with only a couple of nags. I don't think it is time based.
     
  4. jlucero

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    as of now, you cannot enter an address and have autopilot take you there, can it? or is it just autopilot on straight freeways?
     
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    It doesn't appear to be integrated with nav at this time.
     
  6. ecarfan

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    Yes, my apologies. I just read a few posts where people had almost no nags on commutes of many miles.
    I am thinking the nag alert only appears when the Autopilot is not highly confident of the lane markings or is in some other way unsure about how to navigate.
     
  7. Stoneymonster

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    Seems that way. Which means some folks are gonna get nagged a lot in the early days.
     
  8. Firewired

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    I just did a commute of 20 miles each way over pristine freshly resurfaced and newly painted highway. I kept getting the nag message every few minutes to hold the steering wheel.
     
  9. Stoneymonster

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    I'll bet it also has to do with their "high resolution" maps database. Areas it hasn't seen much are likely to be worse maybe?
     
  10. Owner

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    Using the current trip planner, the car will go in circles! :eek:
     
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    Freeways, it's not going to make a turn for you, it will change lanes and keep you in a lane.
     
  12. slevit1md

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    There's got to be something going on, because I did a commute of about 20 miles over mostly poorly marked construction zone on the highway and it performed almost flawlessly. It only nagged me at one spot that I had never anticipated it would be able to handle on its own (a particularly egregious veer in the road where the construction changes from the old road to the new one). It did, however, let me drive hands free through quite a few spots that I was sure it would have me take over.

    I don't know what triggers it to make you grab the wheel, maybe related to the map database as Stoneymonster suggested, but it's definitely not time-based.
     
  13. LetsGoFast

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    Interesting to get more datapoints on where autosteer is happy and where it is not. I'm about to embark on a 300 mile road trip this afternoon. I'll try to be observant about what it likes and doesn't like.
     
  14. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    The car cannot automatically change lanes. So no, AP wont take you to an address. Also AP is meant for highway driving, I believe they need more sensors for city driving (though based on some comments EM made, I could be wrong). Also, based on my lunchtime observation of city driving with AP, when there's a curve that matches up with the intersection, AP gets confused (yeah, yeah, it's not meant for this, I know, I was testing boundaries).

    And lastly the nav sucks, you're better off not using it with AP ;)
     
  15. grichard

    grichard Member De-Luxe

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    This feels like the wrong behavior to incentivize.

    I'm sure I'll have fun with autopilot, and I'm not cynical about the general idea. But if you think a driving situation is marginal... grab the wheel! I'm not very comfortable with the idea of people thinking "It'll be okay... I don't want to spoil my 20 mile streak by taking manual control..."
     
  16. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    I agree with grichard: your thread seemed tantamount to our younger days when we would challenge each other as to who could drive the midnight drive the furthest...with all lights off....
     
  17. robert774

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    No nagging for me in Houston on a 20 mile commute ... I see no time based warnings here at all, although I suspect this may vary based on location and regulations.
     
  18. fieldalias

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    I also did some longer drives with 0 nags. I'm planning on doing some 405 driving on the way home to test again.
     
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    I call for an Autopilot convoy. Make videos and the press will eat it up. Make it happen.
     
  20. ecarfan

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    That sounds pretty cool. Have the TACC set to 1 in all cars and drive a long freeway route hands off.
     

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