Model S

The things I have done on autopilot...

edited May 2016 in Model S
With the national news blurb showing a sleeping/pretending-to-sleep Tesla driver, I have decided to come clean (it *is* an election year, you know...) with some things I've done while saying "Elon take the wheel":

1) Looking at the main console longer than I really should
2) Glancing at a paper map right in front of me
3) Playing air guitar to Billy Idol (and I am very very good at air guitar)

I am ashamed.
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  • edited November -1
    I think someone saying all he does with AP engaged is watching the traffic ahead is a plain liar! everybody has checked their phone for messages, eventually ending with filming the ghost that took the steering wheel. I think that as long as you are aware of what is happening around you there should not be a that big of a problem. Óffcourse it's never okay to play with your phone!

    me myself I play one hell of a worthless to sh*tty airdrums, but I like it!!
  • edited November -1
    I read email and take phone calls.. I am not one for texting. I would rather make a phone call, and all my staff know that so they email me, not text me.
  • edited November -1
    I usually am looking around at the environment around the car. I find that using my foot to maintain speed actually puts me to sleep. Using auto pilot makes me more aware what's going on around and more interested in what everyone else is doing in their car.
  • edited May 2016
    Agree with above i look around a lot which i always wanted to didnt know it will happen this way txt a lot
    Initially i was so terrified of ap that i paid more att than me driving
    Now i have learnt a lot of what it can and cannot do so i switch to paying att accordingly
  • edited November -1
    Never ever even attempted snoozing not yet
  • edited May 2016
    I like to purposefully lean across to the passenger seat to dig in my purse while other cars are next to me. ;)
  • edited May 2016
    Paper map? What's that? :-)
  • edited May 2016
    This post is a plaintiff lawyer's goldmine.
  • edited May 2016
    I just do a little more looking around. No texting, sleeping, etc. I've been a good boy.
  • edited May 2016
    In 1993 I was driving a rented Toyota sedan at 100 mph down a gravel road (a very good gravel road, though) in Namibia from Cape Cross back to Swakopmund while rocking out to Alice Cooper's "School's Out for Summer" on the local radio. There was absolutely zero traffic. Then a big male Ostrich ran across the road. Just missed him, so am still here.

    There is no Autopilot so efficient that it will keep me from always paying attention to the road ahead and what is around me.
  • edited May 2016
    I think the fallacy that people commit when freaking out about things people do with autopilot engaged, is that they implicitly assume that the attention span and reaction speed of normal human drivers.

    Most girls that I know openly acknowledge that they do their makeup in the car while on the highway. Texting while driving would not be a buzzword if Humans hadn't had enough distracted accidents to make it a trend. Humans have accidents ALL THE TIME. For stupid, stupid reasons, no autopilot necessary.

    So in that context, what everyone should focus on is how many "at fault" accidents are occurring as a result of autopilot, and compare that to the number of accidents occurring without autopilot. Musk has stated that, regardless of fault, autopilot has driven nearly double the number of miles between accidents as non autopilot accidents. (accident defined as airbag deployment)
  • edited November -1
    For long road trips I think it really helps ease the fatigue factor by altering your sight lines occasionally and enjoying the scenery. And the ability to play air guitar to "Whole Lotta Love" or "Free Bird" is an added bonus.
  • edited November -1
    I've never read an email or sent a text message while on autopilot. I have looked at the center console for much longer than I would have otherwise but that was on long straight highways with only one other lane in my direction. People who do those other things might have done them to some extent even without autopilot. I don't encourage anybody doing any of those other things, but I'm glad that they have autopilot instead of relying on being able to look up soon enough.
  • edited November -1
    @maikel - pull beside me one day and we shall entertain at the roadside.

    I can sing and play air guitar at the same time...

    @sentabo - come on, man - step up to Idol. Free Bird is so 15 minutes ago...
  • edited November -1
    I'm with Anthony. Auto steer let's me glance at what's happening around outside the car and on the screens in front of me. I am taken out of the tunnel vision mode and really become more attentive to the total driving task. A much less stressful situation for me. The only time I find myself focused straight ahead is when passing semi trucks or large motor homes.
  • edited November -1
    I try to sing and play air guitar at the same time, but when I do, I end up playing the wrong notes.
  • edited May 2016
    @WHitchings - "come on, man - step up to Idol. Free Bird is so 15 minutes ago..."

    Agreed, but it still sounds damn good with the air guitar. Try it sometime.
  • edited November -1
    @sentabo - air drums / air guitar face-off it is. Name the highway friendly to autopilot and it's game on...
  • edited May 2016
    I play air drums to Tom Sawyer...
  • edited May 2016
    I want to get one of those really obnoxious Sombreros so that it peeks through the pano roof. Then when people pass me they can see me shaking a pair of maracas at them.
  • edited May 2016
    AP REVOLUTIONIZES in-car dancing. I mean the limits placed on dance moves when you need one hand to steer is so oppressive, but you don't realize it until you no longer have to.

    That and I love to pretend steer with both hands just hovering over the wheel to see if I can make other car passengers do a double take. Usually with a really tight teeth clenched face as if I am really concentrating on my fake driving.
  • edited November -1
    You can play air guitar or an actual guitar!
  • edited November -1
    Starring contest with other drivers/passengers of other cars and my car, play patty cake with passengers, peer-a-boo with other ppl
  • edited May 2016
    @frank, obviously, when doing air drums to Tom Sawyer, you're never in a Rush.
  • edited May 2016
    That's not Peart-inent, @Rx :)
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