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The things I have done on autopilot...

The things I have done on autopilot...

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.

maikel.lemmen | May 26, 2016

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!!

brian | May 27, 2016

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.

Anthony J. Parisio | May 27, 2016

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.

Gayatrikr | May 27, 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

Gayatrikr | May 27, 2016

Never ever even attempted snoozing not yet

KP in NPT | May 27, 2016

I like to purposefully lean across to the passenger seat to dig in my purse while other cars are next to me. ;)

EVRider | May 27, 2016

Paper map? What's that? :-)

Jakefarber1 | May 27, 2016

This post is a plaintiff lawyer's goldmine.

barrykmd | May 27, 2016

I just do a little more looking around. No texting, sleeping, etc. I've been a good boy.

thranx | May 27, 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.

hochroch | May 27, 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)

sentabo | May 27, 2016

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.

Haggy | May 27, 2016

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.

WHitchings | May 27, 2016

@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...

Muddy wa us | May 27, 2016

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.

Haggy | May 27, 2016

I try to sing and play air guitar at the same time, but when I do, I end up playing the wrong notes.

sentabo | May 27, 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.

WHitchings | May 27, 2016

@sentabo - air drums / air guitar face-off it is. Name the highway friendly to autopilot and it's game on...

frankie.fingers | May 27, 2016

I play air drums to Tom Sawyer...

sm4llz | May 28, 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.

PhillyGal | May 28, 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.

SbMD | May 28, 2016

You can play air guitar or an actual guitar!

acegreat1 | May 28, 2016

Starring contest with other drivers/passengers of other cars and my car, play patty cake with passengers, peer-a-boo with other ppl

rxlawdude | May 28, 2016

@frank, obviously, when doing air drums to Tom Sawyer, you're never in a Rush.

SbMD | May 28, 2016

That's not Peart-inent, @Rx :)

WHitchings | May 28, 2016

Love the sombrero idea. Really love the REAL guitar playing. I will actually try the hands over the wheel, but with flagrant motions in the opposite direction the car is going like i'm in a panic.