I recently purchased the $8000 Full Self Driving Feature on my Tesla Model 3 – here is my review from that and whether or not I think it’s worth it. Enjoy! Add me on Instagram: GPStephan
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Overall…I’ll admit, it’s a COOL feature to have, but lets be honest…I’d rather do it myself and save the $8000. And maybe I’m just new to this whole auto-pilot feature thing, but when you’re surrounded by other cars – the autopilot isn’t as “smooth” or “intuitive” as a normal driver would be. But, I trust this will improve over time.
NAVIGATE ON AUTO PILOT – BETA
Navigating highways IS really neat, but would I pay $8000 for it? Probably not. I think it’s really useful in the grand scheme of things, once FULL autonomous driving becomes a thing – but, as it stands right now, it’s fun to use, but I’d rather save the money.
The Self Parking Feature was really cool and precise, but lets be real – a lot of cars are enabling this as a feature, so it’s not UNIQUE to Tesla, per se…it’s also someone difficult to find that “Sweet Spot” where Tesla recognizes that as a spot to park, so if you’re in fast traffic and need to “Adjust” so that it’s ready to self park – it might take too long to actually be very practical.
This is awesome, and I can definitely see how someone could get a lot of use from this. Sometimes I just hate going and sliding myself in the side to get to my car, so using THIS would be a perfect way to bring the car out. It’s also ideal if you’re parked in a tight spot, or someone pulls in next to you without leaving a lot of room for you to get in and out…this will FOR SURE come in handy. Is it worth $8000? Well, that just depends how nimble you are to climb into your car…
Tesla says “your car will navigate more complex environments and parking spaces, maneuvering around objects as necessary to come find you in a parking lot.” I’m disappointed this wouldn’t work on a larger distance. As it is right now, you have to be somewhat close to your car for this to even work…and, at that point, you may as well just walk all the way to your car instead of standing there with your phone out, getting the car to come to you. Maybe at some point they’ll expand the radius, and I get that this is all just a beta mode…but, my only complaint is that I can’t do this from a further distance.
TRAFFIC AND STOP SIGN CONTROL – BETA
This identifies stop signs and traffic lights and automatically slows your car to a stop on approach, with your active supervision. This was the biggest disappointment from the entire experience…I would expect, for $8000…they would tell you upfront that you need a hardware upgrade for this to work, and would need a service appointment to get the features you pay for. It’s not the end of the world, but I was looking forward to getting to try everything out at once and test the stop sign and stop light feature…I’ll make the appointment and get back to you, though.
As for whether or not this $8000 upgrade was “worth it” …I’ll be honest…no, not as it is right now. I understand that $8000 is just the price to “Get in now” before full self driving is a thing, and by that time – this could very well be worth $15,000 or $20,000 for a car that just completely runs itself…but the risk you’re taking is, how long is THAT going to happen? Is it next year, 5 years from now, 20 years from now, and what’s the opportunity cost of buying into a feature that isn’t fully functional yet, versus investing that money?
HOWEVER…it IS worth it for people who plan to keep their car long term, and expect more autopilot features to become available before he again raises the price…and, he will.
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