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In May 2016, I took my first drive in an Autopilot-enabled Tesla. Sitting behind the wheel of the Model S, I navigated down 280 South in California, as the car drove around curves in the highway, adjusted speed, and even switched lanes autonomously. This was Autopilot 7.0, still in beta mode.
Here’s the Tesla headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
Tesla's front desk
Here’s the lobby with a high-tech check-in system, where I picked up my photo badge.
Stats displayed in Tesla's lobby
As of May 26, 2016, Tesla’s live map showed that 20,438,939 gallons of gas had been saved.
Me and the Model S
Here I am, standing next to the Tesla Model S I was about to test out.
A Tesla representative showed me the Telsa key–a mini model of the car. It would be hard to misplace this!
Tesla's front camera
Here’s the front-end camera that helps enable Autopilot by detecting objects 500 feet in front of the car.
Here’s a reminder to update the software. You can schedule it, or do it manually.
Model X update
Here’s an example of an over-the-air auto-update–this one is for the doors in a Model X.
This is what it looks like to charge the Tesla. You can schedule it, or do it manually.
Activating Autopilot 7.0
Here I am, after just enabling Autopilot! We’re driving 75 mph.
Here’s the view of I-280 South, a 4-lane highway in Palo Alto, CA.
This is the map of where I drove, through the Los Altos Hills.
Here’s what the car looked like after it had parallel-parked itself in Palo Alto. Not bad!