Review

By Cyril V on 2017-12-16
In a Tesla Model X 2017 during Multiple trips from 2017-10-01 to 2017-12-16
By Cyril V
On 2017-12-16
In a Tesla Model X 2017
During Multiple trips
From 2017-10-01
To 2017-12-16
  • Ease of use 4.5
  • Safety 4
  • Overall 4
  • Reliability 4
  • Recommendation 5

Overall Experience

Tesla's Autopilot is great, but certainly not perfect. I have driven AP v2 (my model X has AP2) and for one week AP v1 in a loaner. AP1 is better for sure. It feels more confident of itself and is very smooth so MobileEye did a good job. Tesla had to redesign the AI for the new hardware of AP2 and is simply not up to par with AP1 yet. It does a good job for ACC , however it still overtakes on the right on highways when no traffic is in front of you (which is not allowed here in Europe), where AP1 does not. AP2 is great in traffic jams. It won't ask you to hold the wheel while at low speeds. It also does a good job when other cars try to sqeeze in infront of you; better than the ACC in my Volvo XC60 (my2010). I appreciate AP best on highways. On 80 km/u roads is sometimes feels a tiny bit 'drunk', depending on weather conditions. I must admit that sometimes I find myself driving an thinking "why is AP driving to close to the edge?" soon discovering that AP is not engaded but only ACC. My conclusion is that Tesla's AP still has a long way to go, but that I became to trust on it unconsiously. It already warned me twice on time for a potential collision, where my human capabilities just failed. Sure, you should always be in control. Yes, it might suprise you when it suddenly goes full speed when leaving the highway and crosses intersections with the traffic light being red. But that is a matter of time. I sure hope that (after a year of no noticable improvements) it will soon get better. Would I recommend it? Yes.

Problems

- auto lane changing sometimes does not recognize 'the dotted line' and the refuses to change lanes. - auto lane changing is often a bit abrupt when starting to steer towards the other lane. For passengers it feels like I'm uncertain of what I'm doing. I guess this could easily be improved by adjusting the signals towards the steering motor. - I found myself to trust it very soon. Forgetting that it is a supporting feature and does not see trafficlights and other exceptions. Yet.

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