harrychan wrote: ↑Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:17 pm
I finally got to drive a model 3 last week for the first time. First impression, the drive is fine. Great acceleration, very smooth. The large display didn't faze or distract me by much as I'm quite a techie. Two issues that were pretty big IMO. The seat sits way too high for my comfort. I'm above avg in height (6'2") and my head was very close to the ceiling and the rear view mirror was partially blocking my view. Not deal breaker but not impressed. The real deal breaker was the auto pilot. My main motivator to spend extra would be for this feature. Upon testing it on the freeway, I found it corrected itself too aggressively when it was locked in on the vehicle in front. As a driver, I know when to accelerate and let the car glide for a smooth ride. The Tesla lidar would accelerate and apply brakes to decelerate to the point where I felt extremely nauseous. I'm not sure if this is something you can get used to. I had the ride set to 'chill' mode already. I was tempted to put an order for a model Y but now I need to do a test drive before contemplating on buying it.
hmm... I'll add some thoughts from someone who has used the autopilot feature for about a year...
Overall, I've had zero issue with start-stop styles of driving being too aggressive or not. Maybe its reacting to bad drivers ahead of you cutting you off, but either way it sounds like it was jarring for you the first time.
I have noticed that the autopilot will have a different nuance between software releases every 3-4 months. Earlier, it was really slow and cautious to make lane changes. Now, it's much more deliberate. When there is a little wobble in the road, I'll notice a minor wobble once left and once right as it recenters. I've noticed this now, but fully expect this to smooth out on the next release because it wasn't there before. I'm on HW2.5, so its probably just optimised now for the HW3 chip.
The point I am trying to make is not about whether Autopilot is good or bad *right now* but that it does evolve and improve. It does *not* use LIDAR. It uses a combination of multiple inputs realtime: radar, cameras, tracking lanes, tracking cars in front of it, etc. And it now runs on HW3 which is a faster machine learning processor than the one I have. Over time, it will start incorporating even more of the cameras and inputs. It constantly gets tweaked and a new release about every 3-4 months, over the air. I don't know any other car company that provides over the air software improvements and added features.
I have driven in other systems and this one is way better.
I can't comment on your seating position. I'm not that tall. But I love the autopilot. And when I don't, I just drive manually. It is a life saver for traffic, and it really helps give me a 2nd set of eyes to make sure I don't cut people off, which is a safety feature I appreciate.