Yesterday on my way in I had the GoPro running to document how effective Tesla auto pilot was managing my daily drive. The answer is, pretty darn effective. I estimate 90% of the drive was driven on AP. I only assumed control for directional changes and short periods of time. I even had AP change lanes for me a couple times. It’s only the beginning of where the tech is going.
It has been quite nice enjoying the Tesla for my daily commute. When I first got the Tacoma I daily drove it for awhile and loved it but once the Prius became my car it became my sole daily driver. I liked the idea of keeping the Taco in the garage protected from the elements and the odometer staying low. With the Tesla I have no plans to shelter it in such a manner. For what it cost, I want to be able to enjoy what I paid for as much as possible. I don’t need to worry about oil changes or other maintenance other than tire rotation and making sure the windshield washer fluid is topped off so it cuts down on my cares about mileage.
There is a small part of me that wishes I would have went with the longer range model, not because I necessarily needed the extra 70 miles of range but because of the other features like a second motor and more bells and whistles that I mistakenly thought all Model 3’s had going in. The reality is I stretched my auto budget as far as it can be stretched as is, another 10k would have put the purchase into the crazy town category.
Yesterday I was notified that the HomeLink kit I ordered had arrived at the Dania Beach service center. I took next Thursday and Friday off to give me a long holiday weekend. On that Thursday I will be driving over there to get the kit installed and to have them try to align the steering wheel for the second time.