8.0 First Impressions:
Bottom line: Vastly improved. Everything responds faster and works better.
Based on my first day of test drive since receiving the update.
AP Tested in city rush hour traffic, secondary roads and the Interstate.
Some before and after observations:
Before: - Going up a hill several cars lengths behind traffic and as you crest the hill V7.x would respond late to traffic and slam the brakes on as it suddenly was able to see the traffic at a stand still.
After: - AP continues to see the traffic up over the crest of the hill and as they slow AP slows the car smoothly.
Before: - Flying down the Interstate in the right lane, suddenly traffic slows rapidly, AP keeps rushing toward the slow down and suddenly aggressively slows the car.
After: - AP appears to detect the speed of cars ahead and takes action by smoothly slowing down and if the traffic suddenly stops, AP tries to slow and stop as smoothly as possible.
Before: - Driving on secondary road that appears to be unfamiliar to AP the car tended to gently ping pong occasionally searching for the lane even though it appears well marked to the driver.
After: - AP appears to steer the car confidently down the lane with minimal to no searching.
Before: - Going through an intersection with AP on the car would try to follow the car in front but would often steer right or left trying to find the path to follow.
After: - AP follows the car and stays on a smooth straight trajectory as the lines reappear.
Before: - Car pulls into parking spot and sticks out a little. AP either hits the brakes or keeps moving forward …
After: - AP sees the car sticking out, stirs .within the lines.. to avoid hitting the parked car and continues down the road (at about 25 mph city driving with lines on the street.)
Before: - Response times would sometimes be delayed.
After: - Response times seem to be as close to an attentive human's as possible.
Before: - Lane change would often wait wait wait and never change lanes..
After: - Lane change takes place more reliably.
While the display gives you an increased REGEN warning for V8.0 I did not notice a significant difference between late 7.x and 8.0.
Saw some posts about the Exit feature. Thought I read that this feature will not be implemented until version 8.1+ In Version 7.x and now in 8.0, if the lane markings are obvious the car will follow right off the highway onto the exit ramp but does NOT reduce speed. Will be interesting to see if the car slows to the 35 or 30 mph ramp speed signs. That would be too slow on most ramps, many of which were designed for higher speeds.
Love the new media player. Easier to use. The flat buttons and screens is likely helping to speed up the interface.
The Trip Display looks a little lame but does provide many more options.
Love what Tesla programmers have done and now I can't wait for the 8.1 additions.