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v7 firmware with autopilot and new UI first impressions

70Dan

VP of R&D at ConstructBuy
Jun 22, 2015
23
0
Drummond, QC, CAN
I like the new UI, except for the loss of functionality for the power meter.

The power meter was my favorite part of the old UI, but now it's almost useless as there's you can't accurately gauge how much energy is being used in the low range. Very sad.
 

Todd Burch

Voltage makes me tingle.
Nov 3, 2009
7,916
29,588
Smithfield, VA
No more "Hold" @ stoplights ! I don't remember it dropping to HOLD on city streets, today once.

I actually did encounter a "HOLD" today. I was on a gridlocked city street (waiting for a drawbridge to close), but it certainly wasn't after 5 seconds. More like 30 seconds or a minute.

Nanny-related stuff: Maintenance of TACC speed when manually grabbing the wheel was another pleasant surprise, as was the "hold the wheel" disclaimer and then you're on your own, no nags. It just asks you to take over when it's lost.

Not only that, but I notice you can provide slight corrections to the wheel and autosteer will remain engaged. And of course you can provide pedal input if you want to accelerate faster than autopilot prefers, and it's no problem (just like plain old TACC).
 

roblab

Active Member
Jul 15, 2008
3,397
2,447
Angwin (Napa Valley) CA
I like the new UI, except for the loss of functionality for the power meter.

The power meter was my favorite part of the old UI, but now it's almost useless as there's you can't accurately gauge how much energy is being used in the low range. Very sad.

Did they take the power meter off the center screen? That should be easier to read, too.

And I stopped hyper miling when I got rid of my 80 mile range vehicle. I see you bought a 70. I coulda told you. But you wouldn't have listened.
 

Kbra

Member
Feb 4, 2015
919
454
San Luis Obispo, California
Did they take the power meter off the center screen? That should be easier to read, too.

And I stopped hyper miling when I got rid of my 80 mile range vehicle. I see you bought a 70. I coulda told you. But you wouldn't have listened.

I looked at my meter to control how much regen before having my brake lights come on.
 

jcaspar

Member
Aug 19, 2013
834
72
Sacramento
Got my notification. Given the look of the UI, the loss of power meter, date, time and temperature and the minimal increase in features for a Classic MS, I am going to hold off as long as I can. Would hate to lose the great energy usage/regen display. Hopefully they will bring back in 7.1

And ugh!, that ugly clock.....
 

jcoverton

Member
Aug 15, 2015
47
24
Virginia Beach, VA
I was surprised by the amount of information about the sensors the new interface displayed. It not only showed the position of my car in the lane but also showed the left/right position of the car in its lane in front of me. The curves in the roads are displayed which gave me confidence in it's steering. I think watching the displays without autopilot engaged on various types of roads and situations helped give me an understanding of what to expect from the system. I can foresee that after awhile I will instinctively be able to partner with autopilot to let it do what it does well and yet know what I need to when it needs help.
 

Lex

Member
Apr 23, 2015
805
318
Toronto, Canada
Because Autopilot and the new UI pretty much describes the bulk of the V7 release. AP/autosteer and the UI are already being discussed in at least 5 other threads. This thread is not one bit different than all the others.
I respectfully disagree -- this one is not polluted with posts from Classic folks complaining... oh wait here they come. With the specific name of this thread, it should be clear that a post here about 7 on non-AP cars is like me talking about my cloth seats in a thread about the leather ones...
 

Lex

Member
Apr 23, 2015
805
318
Toronto, Canada
One last of my first impressions I forgot to note...

Hill Hold: I was really worried about the changes to this one as I like manual control, but I have to say I really like the new config that holds the brakes EVERY time you come to a complete stop. So, you can totally let go of the brake once the ((H)) shows up on the dash, and it doesn't release until you do something.
 

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