Thanks to Autopilot, it is quite possible to cover more than 500 km in a Model 3 without touching the wheel once. This driver proved it by filming his entire trip from Los Angeles to San Jose. He only had to take control on one occasion to recharge his Tesla’s battery.
It’s a nice publicity stunt for Tesla and its 100% autonomous driving system, available in beta since last October. Some did not hesitate to test the functionality and see for themselves the possibilities it offers. This is particularly the case of the Youtubeur Whole Mars Catalog, who wanted to know if the Autopilot would be able to take him from Los Angeles to San Jose safe. And the answer is yes.
During 576km and 6 hour journey, fully filmed and posted on YouTube channel, we see that the driver did not have to regain control only once. The reason: he had to recharge his battery. The rest of the time, his hands only touch the steering wheel to indicate that he is always present and ready to react when needed, and what the car cross towns or drive on the highway.
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Tesla’s Autopilot gets better with every ride
The Fully Autonomous Driving option, which still costs $ 10,000 and 7,500 euros in France, seems to operate at the (near) perfection. Good news for those who plan to take out the subscription offered by Tesla in 2021. However, the Youtubeur specifies in his video that he had to make several trips since the launch of the beta to reach this level of quality, and that the system gets better with every use.
He also admits that the latter still suffers from some malfunctions. The Model 3 indeed commits minimal errors during the journey, which nevertheless did not require the pilot to intervene. Nothing alarming therefore, especially since we know the Autopilot capable of saving a driver after a crash. We encourage you to see for yourself the impressive performance of the system in the video below.