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Autopilot necessary?

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

  1. dfdtruckie

    dfdtruckie Member

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    I love the MS. When do you think you would use these features?
     
  2. Majerus

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    Driving to work, long trips on the interstate, stop and go traffic.
     
  3. jaguar36

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    I don't think I would except for the novelty of it.
     
  4. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    I use TACC on road trips ALL the time. I hated cruise control before TACC. I'm going to use AP on those same road trips now, and see if it makes the commute easier.
     
  5. DougH

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    TACC is the only option I care about.
     
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    1/3 of traffic fatalities (in the U.S.) are from leaving the roadway.
     
  7. SabrToothSqrl

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    All.the.time.
     
  8. stallhorn

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    +1 ^^

    Just came back from a 98 mile round trip - 90% autopilot. Can't believe how well it worked! I was already making a good use of the TACC as I think it is safer.

    So happy I didn't leave the AP option on the table like the Tesla sales guy suggested - "No one gets the autopilot"..
     
  9. BrokerDon

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    I've been using TACC 99% of my freeway driving... and probably 50% of around town driving. It reduces the stress from driving IMMENSELY. I wouldn't buy a Tesla without it before... and especially since AutoPilot is now live with the 7.0 update !!!
     
  10. Jool

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    I drive long distances quite frequently and already use TACC on all those trips. Auto steering will make things even less stressful!
     
  11. tstafford

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    Having used it for about 30 miles of driving today I can say that I will use it a lot. It is really easy to engage and to adjust speed. I generally don't like cruise or anything like that because I fancy myself an engaged and competent driver, but this is really fun. It's a new aid for the drive. You can engage it for a few miles, let the car do the work and then take over (or not). It's simple and intuitive. I have to say it was worth the wait. Very cool to get the feeling of a brand new car experience OTA. Kudos Tesla.
     
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    Absolutely. I'm up early and a few extra zees never hurt.

    kidding! :)
     
  13. Rockster

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    I recently drive solo from Dallas to Tampa. I would have traded a kidney for autopilot on that trip.
     
  14. MikeS85D

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    The TACC is super nice for the kind of driving I do (bad commute traffic where the speed fluctuates between 0 and 60 mph). It is great not having to keep stopping and starting all the time. I just got the 7.0 update but have only had a chance to try it briefly so far. I suspect it will also make my commute nicer, once I get used to it.

    And don't forget the auto dimming high beams! Those are a major benefit when driving on the dark and windy road my house is on.
     
  15. zro ltr

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    I love TACC. I tried autopilot on my commute home. If my future experiences with it are similar to today's, I won't be using it unless I move somewhere with better roads.
     
  16. S4WRXTTCS

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    I use TACC all the time on pretty much any trip requiring more than a few miles on the freeway.

    In some ways it's kinda like a buddy system. It looks after me, and I look after it. For the first month or so of ownership I was extremely cautious with it and had my foot hovering over the brake all the time.

    Now with V7 I'm really nervous with the lane-steering where I have my hands near/on the steering wheel ready to take over and I've been taking over when it's even slightly off.

    It's probably going to require a couple months for me to get used to it, and for all the data from the drivers to improve the system.
     
  17. Lonnie123

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    I am salivating at the idea of it with the Model 3. I hatttteeee freeway driving but am forced to do it regularly. I TRY and use cruise control but the other drivers on the road have other plans for me so I am constantly engaging it, braking, resetting, etc... Even just having TACC would be a huge bonus for me, much less auto lane steering.
     
  18. Sheffie

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    I'v used it around town and on a short highway trip and it worked freakishly well! There are things it trys to do like follow a car through a sharp turn (in the city low speeds) then gives up half way through and alarms so you have to be careful in situations like that.
     

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