Tesla HW2 Autopilot Tips

I’m not sure I’ve ever enjoyed being stuck in freeway traffic before autopilot, but a few tips thanks to my adventures yesterday.

To engage the beta traffic-aware cruise control you need to be traveling at least 5 MPH. But once engaged, the system is quite happy bringing the car to a full stop and then starting up again. Perfect for California freeway stop-and-go traffic.

Low-speed autosteer also works great in freeway traffic under 35 MPH. However, if your cruise control is set above 35, which it typically would be on the freeway, it won’t work, even if you are slowed to below 35. So once you enter traffic, just click down the cruise to 35, then the autosteer icon should appear, then click one more time to engage.

I spent about 30 minutes yesterday in freeway stop-and-go traffic, 100% under autosteer + traffice-aware cruise control. While I won’t necessarily go seeking out traffic, the Tesla HW2 autopilot sure makes it more bearable. I can’t wait for future upgrades that allow speeds over 35.

About Marc Hamilton

Marc Hamilton – Vice President, Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA. At NVIDIA, the Visual Computing Company, Marc leads the worldwide Solutions Architecture and Engineering team, responsible for working with NVIDIA’s customers and partners to deliver the world’s best end to end solutions for professional visualization and design, high performance computing, and big data analytics. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked in the Hyperscale Business Unit within HP’s Enterprise Group where he led the HPC team for the Americas region. Marc spent 16 years at Sun Microsystems in HPC and other sales and marketing executive management roles. Marc also worked at TRW developing HPC applications for the US aerospace and defense industry. He has published a number of technical articles and is the author of the book, “Software Development, Building Reliable Systems”. Marc holds a BS degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
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