Cross Nation with Tesla Full Self Driving (Supervised)

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My spouse, our small canine, and our two giant e-bikes just lately made the 1500-mile journey from Utah to Northern Wisconsin in our Tesla Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary. It was our first cross-country journey with the brand new Model 12 of Tesla FSD (Supervised), V12.3.4.


The e-bikes on a tray-type bike rack in again drastically scale back our efficient most vary from about 250 miles to about 125 miles. Fortuitously, Tesla’s marvelous Supercharger community nonetheless makes it a no brainer and simple to handle. We stopped at six Superchargers in Wyoming on the 600-mile first day touring from Lindon, Utah, to Custer, South Dakota. Solely the 125-mile leg from the Supercharger in Rawlins to the Evansville (Casper) Supercharger required dropping our pace from our customary 75 mph to 65 mph to make it comfortably. The bikes additionally make backing as much as the Superchargers troublesome. It’s a bit bit like the issue charging a Cybertruck. My spouse must get out and assist me again up simply the correct quantity. Fortuitously, 4 of the 6 Superchargers had drive-by chargers on one finish (see Determine 1).

Determine 1: Drive-by stall. First Supercharger. Evanston, Wyoming. Picture by Fritz Hasler.

Additionally, there was at most one different Tesla charging on the Wyoming Superchargers, so I may park sideways, which additionally allowed me to place my automobile relative to a charger with out assist (see Determine 2).

Determine 2: Empty Tesla Superchargers. Rawlins, Wyoming. Picture by Fritz Hasler.

The entire chargers besides one had been inside 100 ft of a really good lodge/motel with entry to the restrooms, as proven in Determine 1.

Determine 3: T.J. Maxx Supercharger. Rock Springs, Wyoming. Could 2, 2024. Picture by Fritz Hasler.

The opposite was just a few hundred yards from my spouse’s favourite retailer: a TJ Maxx (see Determine 3). I dropped her off there earlier than I went to cost. Often, by the point I had walked into the motel, taken my rest room break, walked again and my spouse had taken our canine for a stroll, we had solely 10–quarter-hour of charging to do to renew our journey.

What about FSD V12 (Supervised) Driving Cross Nation?

1) The super-accurate lane-keeping helped me do the 600-mile day at age 83+ years in order that I may make the journey, together with the final 100 miles at nighttime, with little stress.

2) At our pace of 75 mph, we continuously wanted to go slower transferring vans. FSD would normally take us mechanically into the lefthand lane, go the truck, after which return to the righthand lane. Nevertheless, it didn’t all the time work. It was normally fairly aggressive discovering a break within the visitors with a purpose to transfer to the lefthand lane. Nevertheless, it was a bit sluggish returning to the righthand lane. When there was sooner visitors coming behind us, if I didn’t intervene, the visitors would go us on the fitting.

3) FSD screens your attentiveness in two methods: A) You have to apply a small quantity of torque to the steering wheel each 20 seconds or so, so it is aware of your hand is on the wheel. B) A digital camera just under the mirror is watching you. FSD is aware of in case you are seeking to the fitting on the important management video display too lengthy. It additionally is aware of in case you are taking a look at your cellphone. When you fail to tug on the steering wheel, or look away from the street too lengthy, you get a blue flashing sign on the highest of the display. When you proceed to exhibit unhealthy conduct, you get an audible sign.

Dangerous Conduct

When you exhibit unhealthy conduct for just some extra seconds, you get what’s known as a “Pressured Disengagement.” That implies that FSD will fail to work till you come to a cease, put the automobile in park, and begin up once more. When you get 5 “Pressured Disengagements,” your entry to FSD will likely be withdrawn for 7 days.

I’ve had FSD 12 now for a number of months and had managed to restrict myself to 2 “Pressured Disengagements.” Nevertheless, on an extended cross-country journey, it’s simple to lose focus ultimately, and by the top of our second day, I had managed to get three extra “Pressured Disengagements” and misplaced entry to FSD. That meant that I misplaced entry for the final 650 miles of our journey. I might want to wait 7 days to regain entry to FSD and get a brand new set of 5 “Pressured Disengagements.” I’m scheduled to regain entry to FSD on Could 11 at 6:39 p.m.

My automobile has returned to outdated pre-FSD conduct the place it can cease for cease indicators and cease lights. Humorously, it can additionally once more cease for inexperienced lights until you manually sign it to proceed. Additionally, it can solely proceed from cease lights mechanically in case you are following one other automobile. I can nonetheless put my vacation spot into the navigation and get my route on the map, however I needed to reactivate the voice help to get turning directions. I did okay driving the whole east to west route on the busy freeways via the middle of downtown Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Nevertheless, we did have hassle attending to the Oakdale Supercharger the place detour signage induced us to loop to the exit thrice earlier than we acquired it proper. FSD might have helped us keep away from this drawback.

It was fairly attention-grabbing. I not have entry to auto navigation and steering help, however I nonetheless have sensible cruise. It was a impolite awakening to must steer my automobile once more manually. Except I’ve complete focus, I’m not practically as correct as FSD maintaining myself within the heart of the lane. Nevertheless, with entry to sensible cruise, the final 650 miles of the journey weren’t too worrying.

After I left Utah, I had FSD (Supervised) V12.3.4, however I used to be notified {that a} new software program model was able to be downloaded. Sadly, you can not obtain the software program whereas Supercharging. Too unhealthy — that will be a time when you find yourself killing time anyway. Due to this fact, I waited till the night of the primary day on the Bavarian Inn at Custer South Dakota. The Bavarian Inn had two vacation spot chargers; one was a Tesla Vacation spot Charger that was already occupied by a Tesla Mannequin S. Due to this fact, I pulled into the J1772 charger and used the adapter that I all the time carry with me. By the following morning, all the things was coated with 3” of recent snow, as proven in Determine 4.

Determine 4: L2 J1772 Charger. Bavarian Inn. Custer, South Dakota. Picture by Fritz hasler

However first I logged into the Bavarian Inn Wi-Fi and began the obtain of FSD (Supervised) V12.3.6. The discharge notes stated that the improve would offer extra correct vary estimates. It’s imagined to have in mind the age and situation of the battery. I’m not capable of consider this and haven’t seen another modifications.

My spouse likes to spend an additional day in Custer, South Dakota, so we will drive via the Wildlife Loop and see the large bison herd, donkeys, pronghorn antelope, and floor hogs (see Determine 5).

Determine 5: Bison. Wildlife Loop, Custer State Park, South Dakota. Could 3, 2024. Picture by Fritz Hasler.

I’ve noticed the present model of FSD (Supervised) decelerate simply the correct quantity for pace bumps. Nevertheless, it doesn’t acknowledge the flashing lights and sluggish to twenty mph for college zones. Doing so at school zones looks as if a straightforward repair that I anticipate to see quickly in future variations.

In northern Utah, we’ve the 12-lane I-15 freeway working the 93 miles from Spanish Fork via Provo and Salt Lake Metropolis to Ogden. There may be an HOV (double occupancy) left lane working the entire distance. I’ve been driving an EV for over 10 years, so I’ve one of many restricted variety of single occupancy passes for the HOV lane. Backside line: I all the time take the HOV lane when I’m driving a substantial distance right here on I-15. It implies that I solely want to fret about different automobiles on my proper facet and even then I’m separated from them by a double white line. Additionally, in heavy visitors the HOV lane is normally the one lane nonetheless transferring. Nevertheless, FSD will all the time attempt to make me exit the HOV lane earlier than I would like it to. Previously, for those who slid the right-hand thumbwheel to the fitting or left, you’ll management the Good Cruise following distance (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 automobile lengths). Nevertheless, now a menu comes up with a button to scale back lane modifications and a slider to set Chill, Assertive, or Aggressive lane modifications. None of those choices make a lot distinction. FSD nonetheless tries to exit the HOV lane too early and the slider gained’t keep the place you set it.

Driving via Wyoming is a land of contrasts. We nonetheless see mile-long closely laden “unit” coal trains pulled by 3 diesels with one other diesel pushing on the finish (see Determine 6).

Determine 6: Unit coal practice in Wyoming. Could 2, 2024. Picture by Fritz Hasler.

We additionally see an immense (multi-gigawatt) coal energy plant.

Determine 7: Wind generators on I-80 in Wyoming. Could 2, 2024. Picture by Fritz Hasler.

Then again, we additionally noticed a whole bunch of wind generators like we see in Determine 7. However probably the most fascinating are the extremely lengthy wind turbine blades and tower sections en route on the interstate (see Figures 8–10).

Determine 8: Tremendous-long wind turbine blade en route on I-80 in Wyoming. Could 2, 2024. Picture by Fritz Hasler.
Determine 9: Tractor pulling turbine blade en route on I-80 in Wyoming. Could 2, 2024. Picture by Fritz Hasler.
Determine 10: Wind turbine tower part freeway transport. Courtesy of Titan Hydraulic Axis Trailers. Picture by Fritz Hasler.

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