Consumer Reports - Tesla Model S is

Consumer Reports - Tesla Model S is "Best Overall"

Consumer Reports recently explored the Autopilot feature of its highest valuated car ever tested (but not recommended) - Tesla Model S.

The discussion focuses on how it works and how it's marketed.

Consumer Reports, like many other Model S owners, bought the $2,500 Autopilot option with just a promise of the system at some point in the future and now it's available in Beta stage.

The Autopilot is not a self-driving car - Model S will remind you to put hands on the wheel, checking it about every 2.5 minutes. Whole responsibility is on the driver, who could use the Autosteer on roads (or in a way) he/she shouldn't.

Consumer Reports notes that there is a temptation to start the Autopilot and use the touchscreen or phone, whatever, while other carmakers that are introducing safety features and drive assist are more restricted (in terms of speed range, time between checks that hands are on the wheel, use of touchscreen while driving). Most other automakers wouldn't introduce a Beta system.

"Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #81: Tesla Autopilot

Jake and Tom hit the highway in our Tesla Model S P85D to discuss its Autopilot system, which can steer the car and keep it within its lane on its own. There are some advantages to the system, especially on long highway trips and in stop-and-go traffic, but this beta-level system is still working out some bugs. We also talk about the temptations posed by the technology, both for increasing distracted driving and for using it on roads where it is far from optimized. Finally, we contrast Tesla owners' willingness to purchase and try out this system, compared to the difficulty typical car buyers have in understanding the value of advanced safety systems like forward collision warning and autobraking."

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