Much talk on this forum has been how to improve the Model X (Doors/Sun Shade etc.) I thought it would be good to just focus on one piece of technology. I am certain Tesla engineers review the forums so felt it was ideal to leave feedback here.
I would also like to hear your stories of how passengers/other users are accepting the technology.
I have recently become a real fan of auto driving or more correctly auto assisted driving. It has been wonderful to drive around South Florida on the main roads with Auto Steering and Cruise. One still has to remain on a heightened alert (even more so with new technology) when using the Auto features, but it has become a welcome aid in my daily routine.
I did have a situation driving a friend to Miami who got very upset about the technology and threatened to get out of the vehicle if I engaged anything auto. He just didn't trust it. I spend that day driving in traffic for almost 4 hours wishing I could use even features. Even I was paranoid in the first few weeks but over time I have begun to understand its strengths and weaknesses and know how to operate it correctly.
I do fear that users will make mistakes like (texting while driving) and accidents will occur leading to lawsuits and Tesla eventually taking away the features.
Here are few ideas for improvement:
1) Slow down around speed bumps, railway tracks, and intersections. Clearly the vehicle has GPS capability to drop speed like it does for the garage opening or the suspension drop. Based on GPS it would be easy to tell the system to drop speed by 25% when going through any of these areas.
2) Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Sounds crazy but it can read the speed limit sign so it doesn't seem too hard to engage stop. If it doesn't engage the user would need to apply the break and would have to be aware.
3) Slow down sooner when approaching vehicles - Improves energy efficiency and quite frankly doesn't scare the passengers as much.
4) I had an issue when driving on a curved road where the Auto did not see the car in front until we were a lot closer. I engaged manual stop and at the same time the car also beeped and tried to stop. Curves might be tricky but needs to be improved.
If you have any other experiences you would like to share feel free to do so here.