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Model X Test Drive - King of Prussia, PA

Discussion in 'Model X' started by mzairboy, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. mzairboy

    mzairboy Member

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    I was looking on the Tesla website a few weeks ago and clicked on the button to Test Drive a Model S. When the options opened up, it actually allowed me to schedule a drive with the Model X. I have driven a friend's roadster, and have rode in a Model S before, but was very unfamiliar with the Model X. Since I have a Model 3 on order I thought I would go visit the gallery and see some of the options and features currently available.

    We stopped at the Devon service center first to view their Model S/X models and the different colors. Then we battled traffic and arrived at the King of Prussia location for our test drive. We entered the gallery and it was packed with kids and young adults swarming all over the Model X showroom model. I think the falcon wing doors really lure people in.

    My family began our test drive (4 adults and a Tesla specialist) in a P90DL Model X. After getting out of the high traffic areas we put ludicrous to the test. It was hilarious stopping at a red light and bracing our necks for acceleration while the people in the car in the lane beside us all stared at us weird. Once the light turned green we were well gone before they even got through the traffic light. The traction control was incredible. We tested the auto park feature in a parking lot and got to demo the falcon wing doors in tight spaces when swapping out drivers. The falcon wing doors were somewhat buggy/didn't want to open the whole way. After switching seats mid test drive to allow others to drive, we hit the highway. We quickly learned how to engage autopilot. There was some screaming and a lot of sweating as autopilot did its thing merging lanes, holding with traffic and taking bends in the road. We were all very nervous, but impressed with how advanced autopilot was. After exiting the highway we took a wrong turn and ended up on some back curvy roads. Autopilot was able to engage and handled the back roads surprisingly well. Our Tesla specialist was astonished how well autopilot was handling given the road conditions. Once we got back into heavy traffic around the mall autopilot did extremely well with handling stop and go traffic. We quickly realized it wanted to follow the car in front of us through stop signs. Autopilot also would veer out of our lane and follow the yellow lines of a turn lane when approaching a stoplight. I understand it is in Beta, and the Tesla specialist claimed that the car would learn local roads the more we would drive it. I am definitely sold on Autopilot and will order that feature on my Model 3 if available. I am also excited at the fact that I could maybe teach my car the local roads to improve the software.

    Once we finally got back to King of Prussia we realized we had been on our test drive for 2 hours! We want to say a big thank you to May Yang, our Tesla specialist. She was very helpful and knowledgeable on our test drive. We had a wonderful experience and I learned a lot about the different features. My Model 3 cannot come fast enough.

    Still grinning.
     
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  2. Saghost

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    In my experience, that test drive is the beginning of a multiple month adventure, consisting mostly of waiting and emailing and updating MyTesla, hoping that a car shows up at some point (and that you can afford it when it does.)

    I got a VIN last week, though, so things are looking up. :)
     
  3. jason1466

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    I don't pick up my MX until next week, but I think this sounds like exactly the type of Autopilot use that is getting people in trouble. I have not read the actual manual myself yet, but will do so before first use. Others here have said AP is intended only for divided highway driving.
     
  4. mzairboy

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    We completely understand this and were fully aware that we were pushing the boundaries of autopilot capability. Hands were on the wheel, loosely, but allowing autopilot to steer. Autopilot worked really well on the highway, where it is intended to be used. It is unfortunate that people are blaming autopilot for lack of common sense. People need to understand and respect autopilot technology. It is a driver assist at this point. However, I do wonder how much data Tesla can collect from autopilot testing on back roads where the driver is fully alert and ready to take control. Doesn't Tesla analyze the times when the driver overrides autopilot? If so we could potentially "train" our cars?
     
  5. madodel

    madodel X at the end of a rainbow

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    Congratulations. It is an agonizing wait at times but for me at least it was worth the wait. An amazing ride still after 5 months of having mine.
     

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