I had a fabulous week in Boulder, CO, hanging out with lots of old friends enjoying old favorite restaurants and taking out some new ones. Went rockclimbing at the Boulder Rock Club. went swimming at the N. Boulder Rec Center, hung out Galavanized Recording Studios: it was all great. I also got a nail in my tire that was not so great. However the kind folks at discount tires on E. Evans Ave. in Denver fixed it up for no charge in 20 minutes.
And of course everybody got to ride and/or drive the Tesla! My friend Peter even did some supermodeling in for me (The beginning and ending his five five-minute super modeling career:-)
I left Boulder pushing on to Reno regrettably I had to mix the Albuquerque-Farmington-Durango -St George portion of my trip due to time constraints. however this is probably all for the best as it would make more sense to do a focused Southwest tour in the late fall or winter.
Along the way have met many Tesla drivers all different walks of life. Some are very knowledgeable about their cars, others not so much which worries me. A Tesla is complicated machine in many ways and it takes a certain type of attention and understanding.
It is. unfortunate that, during my trip, a Model S driver in Florida was killed when his autopilot failed (and he was also apparently not paying attention.)
It's really important to remember that the computer does *not* do everything. The human still must play a role. Just like a pilot of an airliner can't fall sleep just because the jumbo jet is on autopilot, neither should a Tesla driver using autopilot read a book, or take his eyes off the road or the instrument panel.
My own Model S does not have autopilot, which is fine with me at this stage. I think there's a lot of tweaking of the software and also tweaking of human training that needs to happen before autopilot in cars to go fully online. and I say this having tested a model X with autopilot in Salt Lake City and it was fun, but it's a huge responsibility.
Details on routes and charging stops to come...
-Deb (& Sir Percival "T" Tesla, of course!)