Author Archives: Kevin

About Kevin

Just an old guy with opinions that I like to bounce off other people.

The Tesla “Dog Mode” bug story

It’s all over the Internet: Tesla’s “Dog Mode” has a serious bug; it doesn’t work if the AC fan is set to manual. One headline said “Musk vows to fix.” But is there really such a bug? Dog Mode is … Continue reading

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Tesla Navigate on Autopilot

I’m returned from my 4,500-mile Model 3 road trip, which gave me a great deal of time to think about Tesla Autopilot as I supervised it across the US and back. Technically NoA works as designed most of the time. … Continue reading

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The Great American Model 3 Road Trip

I’d never taken a trip this long, over 5,000 miles across the United States from Virginia to Idaho, Yellowstone, Denver and back. But it seemed like an adventure, and I figured that Tesla Autopilot would do most of the driving. … Continue reading

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Tesla Autopilot vs. Farm Machinery

Tesla Autopilot is still described as “Beta” because the human driver has to maintain vigilance to ensure safety. I don’t usually share my Autopilot outtake videos in public, but this one is interesting in pointing out one of the challenges … Continue reading

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As the Tesla Turns

I didn’t think my Tesla Autopilot was supposed to make turns at intersections yet (firmware 2019.8.5), but it did.

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Tesla Autopilot gets 5-Star insurance rating

My insurance carrier, State Farm, offers the “Drive Safe and Save â„¢” program that rates driving, and offers discounts for good driving. It works using a “beacon” installed in the car, essentially an accelerometer paired with your mobile phone. It … Continue reading

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Tesla Autopilot evolution and driver supervision

I’ve enjoyed Tesla Enhanced Autopilot on my Tesla Model 3, including the new Navigate on Autopilot feature. Autopilot requires human supervision, or else something bad is likely to happen. I believe that the combination of Autopilot and a human driver … Continue reading

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