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Autopilot: Do you LOVE it?

tanner

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Nov 17, 2013
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At the final point/stages of deciding to sell my car/purchase an 85D with autopilot. So, my question now is: DO YOU LOVE IT?! :D
 

stevezzzz

R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR;YLR
Nov 13, 2009
6,100
122
Colorado
At the final point/stages of deciding to sell my car/purchase an 85D with autopilot. So, my question now is: DO YOU LOVE IT?! :D

Short answer: Yes!

Long answer: Oh, certainly; very much so, yes. By all means get an 85D w/ autopilot.
 

Lex

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Apr 23, 2015
805
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Toronto, Canada
Yes I love it. It may possibly end up literally adding to my lifespan as it nearly erases all of the stress of stop-and-go traffic, especially when combined with the all-electric drive (ie. no idling engine).

Now that I feel I've tested the system thoroughly, I'm now doing most of the fun driving myself, but as soon as the traffic starts I now immediately activate Autopilot before the stress hormones get a hold.

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Love it! Use it every time I drive where it's appropriate. Especially useful on long trips.
Oh ya, on long stretches almost always for me, too.

Oh and it's also great for keeping to posted speeds eg. when traversing small villages on rural highways.
 

green1

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Mar 25, 2014
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Yay! That's what I wanna hear :)
just dont wanna lose any performance going from the P85 to 85D. Also, how often do you use it?!
I also love the autopilot, use it all the time, basically any time I'm on a divided road. As for performance, I was led to believe that the P85 and the 85D have the same performance.
 

tanner

Active Member
Nov 17, 2013
1,118
286
SoCal
Yes I love it. It may possibly end up literally adding to my lifespan as it nearly erases all of the stress of stop-and-go traffic, especially when combined with the all-electric drive (ie. no idling engine).

Now that I feel I've tested the system thoroughly, I'm now doing most of the fun driving myself, but as soon as the traffic starts I now immediately activate Autopilot before the stress hormones get a hold.

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Oh ya, on long stretches almost always for me, too.

Oh and it's also great for keeping to posted speeds eg. when traversing small villages on rural highways.
nice! That's awesome!

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Do you guys think current autopilot tech will be able to handle city/fully autonomous driving?
 

Lex

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Apr 23, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
Do you guys think current autopilot tech will be able to handle city/fully autonomous driving?
Nope. It would have to crawl along* (edit: eg. the "summon" feature "on private roads" that possibly may never happen).

edit: once you experience it trying to figure out some stuff eg. a "substantial" curve in the road you'll see the sensor limitations for yourself.

edit2: * to avoid killing people, for a start ;)
 
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green1

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Mar 25, 2014
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Do you guys think current autopilot tech will be able to handle city/fully autonomous driving?
Nope. Guaranteed not to. Elon has stated as such, and it's quite obvious. There's no cross traffic detection beyond 18 feet of the ultrasonics, that means it can not safely proceed from a stop sign or traffic light without manual intervention.
The current version can't even see behind you well enough to change lanes without you first manually checking to see if it's clear because it can't see fast approaching vehicles from behind .

The current version is great for what it does, but it's just a fancy cruise control, it's not self driving and never will be without upgraded hardware.
 

stevezzzz

R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR;YLR
Nov 13, 2009
6,100
122
Colorado
The current sensor suite will never support fully autonomous driving. That said, I expect the capabilities of the Autopilot system based on current hardware will continue to improve; whether that includes high reliability in handling city streets remains to be seen. Intersections will always be a problem with the current hardware.
 

Model S M.D.

Ludicrous Radiologist
Oct 31, 2015
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1,437
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LOVE it. In my opinion AP along with the Go Pedal are the killer features of this car. I use it mainly on the highways but also learning to trust it on some of the smaller roads. As others have stated, it is perfect for stop and go traffic--I feel much more Zen like and calm when I'm on AP.

AP in the Tesla to me is analogous to the 3 Michelin Star rating for a restaurant, which is regarded as exceptional cuisine worth a special journey to that country just to try the food!

Enjoy your upgrade, you're gonna love it :)
 

tanner

Active Member
Nov 17, 2013
1,118
286
SoCal
Nope. Guaranteed not to. Elon has stated as such, and it's quite obvious. There's no cross traffic detection beyond 18 feet of the ultrasonics, that means it can not safely proceed from a stop sign or traffic light without manual intervention.
The current version can't even see behind you well enough to change lanes without you first manually checking to see if it's clear because it can't see fast approaching vehicles from behind .

The current version is great for what it does, but it's just a fancy cruise control, it's not self driving and never will be without upgraded hardware.
in that case, I wonder if there will be a retrofit option when the tech is ready "in two year," as per Elon's recent interview with Fortune (too lazy to find source link)
 

GlmnAlyAirCar

Active Member
Mar 19, 2015
1,448
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Sanatoga PA
Certainly not fully autonomous driving, except for very specific circumstances like parking. But there are still significant capabilities of the mobile eye that are not yet being utilized, so I expect city driving capabilities to expand.
 

Max*

Charging
Apr 8, 2015
6,670
3,719
NoVa
Love it. I had to do a few hundred miles without AP in severe rain, and I kept complaining to my wife how much I miss AP, lol. You get used very quickly
 

Soolim

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Jun 11, 2015
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Not comfortable with the auto-lane change as implemented. Lane keeping is good enough for highway use, as intended.

Very well explained by:
The current version can't even see behind you well enough to change lanes without you first manually checking to see if it's clear because it can't see fast approaching vehicles from behind .

The current version is great for what it does, but it's just a fancy cruise control, it's not self driving and never will be without upgraded hardware.
 
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