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Mystery Symbol on my New Tesla

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Sparky's Owner, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. Sparky's Owner

    Sparky's Owner New Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Hong Kong
    I've just bought a new Model S 90D and after driving my first 500km suddenly noticed a grey steering wheel appearing on the RHS of the digital speed display at the wheel for the first time while driving in town. As with the cruise control on the LHS, it disappeared every time I braked and appeared again when I accelerate. It's now disappeared again altogether with no sign of it since. Can anybody tell me what this is please....
    Also, I don't seem to be able to even try the auto steering. Every time I pull the lever twice I get the message that it's temporarily unavailable!
    I also can't get auto park to work and have never seen the mysterious P appear. I drove past and sat next to a space yesterday, indicated left and put it in reverse, but no sign of the auto park facility switching on. Any ideas?
  2. MGMDaware

    MGMDaware Falcor

    Jun 23, 2016
    The gray steering wheel on the right of the speed is letting you know that autopilot is available. Pull the tacc lever (smaller lever below blinker) towards you twice to activate. Be sure to keep your hands on the wheel at all times and read the manual regarding proper and safe use of AP.
    I believe the AP is gps oriented and may be disabled if you are in an area that is known to be unsafe for its use amd/or conditions are not favorable for it to be activated.
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    S4WRXTTCS Active Member

    May 3, 2015
    Snohomish, WA
    Does HK allow for autopilot?

    Edit - It looks like they allowed it back in Mar of this year.
  4. Patrick W

    Patrick W Active Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    SLC, UT
    Not unusual. When the feature was first released it seemed to take a while for the system to "learn" when to make the P appear. Even today, several months later, it is still erratic.

    For what it's worth, when the P does appear it does a great job of getting the car into very tight spaces. But I'm not sure I want to be that close to other cars less they bump into me when leaving. Plus I can usually manually park quicker than auto park.

    So, nice feature but I've not used it in months except to demonstrate it.
  5. brec

    brec Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    Las Vegas, NV
    In the North America version of the Owner's Manual, the grey steering wheel is discussed in the Driver Assistance::Autosteer::Operating Autosteer section.
  6. yamanote

    yamanote Member

    Jan 20, 2016
    Vancouver BC
    Autosteer is location restricted to certain approved roads on Hong Kong vehicles. The grey steering icon indicates Autosteer can be used at that time. Generally, it can be used on divided highways and cross harbour tunnels. It will not engage on city streets.

    For Autopark, drive slowly past the spot until the P icon appears on the instrument panel. It can be iffy at times. You may have to drive well past the spot until the icon shows up - further past the spot than you might think is necessary.
  7. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Voltage makes me tingle.

    Nov 3, 2009
    Smithfield, VA
    This post scares me. Please read the manual carefully before attempting to use autopilot.
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  8. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Or click my signature.

    (That's not a euphemism)

    (....or is it?)
  9. MDMGSO47

    MDMGSO47 Member

    Apr 18, 2016
    Greensboro, NC USA

    The mysterious grey steering wheel is a sign that your vehicle has been hijacked and is being controlled from the mainland. ;)

    Seriously, the other posters are correct about it indicating the availability of Autopilot. Having been to Hong Kong a number of times, I doubt that there are many roads were Autopilot is either available or appropriate/safe to use.

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