Submitted by lessrandom on Tue, 2020-01-21 08:57
Was pulling my Model 3 into a parking spot the other day. Drove part way in then shifted into reverse as there wasn't enough space to turn in at an angle. Then shifted into drive. But the car didn't shift immediately into drive for some reason, so I shifted into drive again. The car interpreted this as a double tap to engage autosteer/cruise, so in retrospect my shifts weren't enough oomph to get past the soft tap and into the hard tap.
Car surged forward, attempting to reach the speed limit of the road 300' away. I stomped on the brake, the car stopped.
I do think Tesla should do some work to refuse auto-drive engagement in a parking lot. Maybe a touch-screen confirmation, because I can imagine cases where you'd want it (following a car out of the lot, for example) but as it is the car is way too willing to pop into auto-drive and scream off in some vector.