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Driving I-80 between Sacramento and Reno. How good is AP?

Discussion in 'Autopilot & Autonomous/FSD' started by Jastevenson, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. Jastevenson

    Jastevenson New Member

    Oct 19, 2019
    Hi all, was thinking about buying a Model 3. I do the Sacramento to Reno commute a lot, and my main interest in the Tesla is that I want the vehicle to mostly drive itself on that route.

    Any firsthand experiences with how well Autopilot handles this route?

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  2. APotatoGod

    APotatoGod Member

    Jul 31, 2018
    I drive a subset of this route pretty frequently, roughly from Rocklin to Truckee, and its pretty good! Autopilot definitely makes the ride more relaxing and easy, but I do usually take manual control (or at least have my hands on the wheel, gently "guiding" autopilot to the right path) during a few areas with a particularly small shoulder and sharp turns. There are some pretty long stretches it can handle without intervention, but you definitely won't quite be able to do the entire route on autopilot with no manual control quite yet, but it's improving really quickly!

    Which variant of the model 3 are you planning on getting? Keep in mind the slope has a pretty significant effect on range. As a rule of thumb, the 60 mile stretch I drive most often tends to use 100 miles of range uphill, but going that same 60 miles downhill only uses around 10-20 miles of range, and you'll see your range actually go up for a while on the way!

    While the trip certainly can be done on a standard range car, I'd recommend the long range variant if it's within your price range, for a much more stress free commute, and ensuring you won't need to stop at a supercharger on the way back, especially in the winter.
  3. dhcomp

    dhcomp New Member

    Oct 14, 2019
    Truckee, CA
    I drive it regularly with a Dual motor Model 3, and have zero complaints. I'd say it does it without major intervention. Only getting better!
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  4. chillaban

    chillaban Active Member

    May 5, 2016
    Bay Area
    Pretty decent! That stretch is a typical part of going to Tahoe which I do about once a month and these days it’s nearly no intervention unless someone else is doing something stupid that makes me uncomfortable.
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