Autopilot is amazing. The car now drives by itself on the highway with minimum intervention. You need to be alert with your hands on the wheel ready to take over control. It is not perfect and does do some funky things. For example, it drivers in the middle of the lane and most drivers drive closer to the driver’s side – the left side of the road. So, it causes some panic as it can get close to large trucks and other cars on the right hand side especially when there is no shoulder on the road. It also accelerates when I would not and sometimes changes lanes far too often. Not perfect but an excellent feature. The biggest problem is where to put your feet.
I can’t imagine driving 4,650 miles without it.
Per Tesla’s Website this is how they describe autopilot.
- Enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.
Full Self-Driving Capability
- Navigate on Autopilot: automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars.
- Auto Lane Change: automatic lane changes while driving on the highway.
- Autopark: both parallel and perpendicular spaces.
- Summon: your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.
Coming later this year:
- Recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
- Automatic driving on city streets.