Autopilot accident

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by bwilson4web, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member

    Hi,

    A multi-part series, I've posted it in a technically oriented forum that is remarkably free of non-technical, ad hominem follow-up postings. I''ll coordinate this posts with the moderators:
    One option is to replicate those posts here but after the edit 'time-out', the thread can rapidly grow versus improving a poor posting. By the same token, I appreciate not having to worry about someone going back a day or so later and completely changing the post. It is a trade-off.

    Bob Wilson
     
  2. R P

    R P Well-Known Member

    Just curious, Bob, did you have to pay for repairs, or did you claim warranty (autopilot error), or insurance? Not sure what it would cost, but assume those wheels are not cheap.
     
  3. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member

    I’m using this to upgrade the wheels and tires. Neither insurance nor warranty, pay now instead of letting the insurance bleed us in future premiums.

    I’m using our backup vehicle, a BMW i3, for now. When the service center has the part, we’ll drive it up and leave it till done.

    Bob Wilson
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2019
  4. R P

    R P Well-Known Member

    I'm still not clear what really happened, although I watched your vid. Did the car make an unexpected turn on you? Were you not holding the wheel? I thought autopilot still requires hands on the wheel, even if just lightly.

    I know with my son's M3, it sometimes tries to take a wrong turn (usually when approaching a ramp or merge), but he easily corrects it before anything bad can happen.
     
  5. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member

    I was on AutoPilot and saw a car come to a stop at an intersection ahead. But sometimes AutoPilot responds to a stopped object too close for comfort. So I touched the brake which turns off dynamic cruise control and auto-steer. Then the stopped car, turned off so I 'double tapped' which turns on AutoPilot: dynamic cruise control came on but auto-steer did not. Auto-steer really needs to see distinct lane lines but I was passing through the intersection which did not have the lane lines needed and I failed to notice it. My own fault, I'd turned down the audio alarms a couple of days earlier to deal with some false alarms.

    Going down the road, the car drifted right and hit a curb which was a surprise. Regardless, the car continued to be controllable and I drove it home. Any other car would have damaged the rims and blown the tires. If you're planning to run over a curb or deep pothole, be sure you're driving a Tesla Model 3 ... a dang tank!

    My understanding is full auto self driving won't kick off auto-steer if you apply the brake. We'll see.

    Bob Wilson
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2019

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