Every news station is covering this — Tesla sent a free download today that gave autopilot capabilities to their cars. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and wanted to share my wonderful experience.
After my morning meetings, I got on the freeway, pointed my car toward the mountains, and engaged Autopilot. My car took over with its barrage of sensors (sonar, cameras, radar, and GPS).
- It reads the roadway ahead.
- It follows the car in front of you and paces its speed.
- It reads and understands speed limit signs.
- It changes lanes for you when you touch the turn signal.
Other authors have described it as “scary” and “creepy”. I couldn’t disagree more. It’s thrilling yet calming.
I went 70 miles and gained 3,000 feet of elevation up sweeping mountain roads. The only surprise was when I was in the right lane on the freeway, the car took the next exit by itself, following the righthand line!
Today was busier than I’d like, so I can’t wait to spend more time in the car. Ask questions and I will experiment more tomorrow and answer your questions!