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Would like to turn on AutoPilot and experience it

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by shah007, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. shah007

    shah007 Member

    Jan 21, 2016
    Reston, Virginia
    I have not yet tried the AutoPilot but would like to do so.

    Do you have simplified instructions on how I can turn it on and operate it? I read the manual but it was too confusing and the DS did not do a good job in explaining it.
  2. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

    Sep 2, 2014
    Southern Connecticut
    Did you purchase Autopilot?

    If you did, then I suggest you read the Owner's Manual under the major topic of Driver Assistance.

    Also there are some Tesla training videos which you can watch as well. they are located here at this link ->
    Articles tagged "walkthrough" | Tesla Motors

    frankly, if you find the manual confusing, I wonder if Autopilot features are the way you should be going...?? I am not being a wise guy here... but simply being cautious.... You have to really understand what Autopilot will NOT do for you.... For instance TACC will NOT see stop signs or traffic lights, changes in speed limits, and many other obstacles which are dangerous to you and others.

    If you did not purchase Autopilot but have a Tesla S or X with Autopilot Hardware Features, then you can ask for a one month trial of the software... contact Tesla Support for that.

    hope this helps, Art
  3. kort677

    kort677 Banned

    Sep 17, 2015
    I hate to sound arrogant but if you cannot figure out getting the AP system to operate maybe you should consider not turning it on until you have a grasp of how the entire AP system works. If your DS did not explain the system to you, they should have taken you for a ride, then you might consider calling them and asking for a remedial new owner walk through.
  4. AMPd

    AMPd Active Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    Northern California
    For your own safety as well as others around you, go back to the service center (if possible) and have them show you how it works.
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  5. SomeJoe7777

    SomeJoe7777 Marginally-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Houston, TX
    It is unfortunate, but I do feel that due to the nature of AutoPilot, a hands-on training experience from the Tesla delivery specialist is really the way to go. Call Tesla and let them know that your original DS did not go over the operation of AutoPilot in a detailed manner -- they will schedule you with someone who can show you every aspect of the system.

    And you'll love it, I promise! :D
  6. WannabeOwner

    WannabeOwner Active Member

    Nov 2, 2015
    Suffolk, UK
    A training session is required to use Auto Pilot?

    My delivery guy explained which lever I needed to pull, and what the screen would show. he also told me that Cruise Control was not Adaptive (I asked him to confirm, as I thought it was improbable, so I am reasonably confident I didn't mis-hear/understand). There was a lot to take in, I work in technology so maybe I have an above-average comprehension of such things, but I certainly did not absorb 100% of everything the guy told me - seems probable that some folks are going to misunderstand part of the AP description, surely?

    I didn't get a hands-on test drive under instruction

    What about drivers of second hand cars? Mates who borrow one? Valets etc.?

    Seems to me, IIRC, that I was told which lever to pull, and what to expect, and then when I was on a bit of road that seemed "safe enough for a trial" I tried it ... I was not expressly told to be careful of stationary vehicles, particularly if the vehicle in front changed lanes to avoid one, crossing traffic, following a vehicle through a junction with no lines and that vehicle changing lanes, stop-start traffic and the car in front getting to the front of the queue and pulling out onto a roundabout ... etc. I haven't downloaded the manual, let alone read it, but from comments on this forum it seems that many/most of those edge conditions are described in the manual.

    The only edge conditions I know about are the ones I have read on this forum so Gawd knows what edge conditions I don't, yet, know about ...
  7. Pdub2015

    Pdub2015 Member

    Dec 22, 2015
    Wheaton, MD
    What type of madness is this?

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