Tesla Autopilot In Action

There are so many cool and unique features to the Tesla Model S that picking out a favorite definitely falls under the “Tesla owner problems” trope. Personally, the simple action of the pop-out door handles will never get old to me, but as far as features that actually improve the driving experience, Tesla’s Autopilot system is hard to beat, as you can see in this video.

Indeed, Tesla has returned a lot of the pleasure to driving through its semi-autonomous driving system, taking the aggravation out of stop-and-go traffic by taking over for you. Gone are the days where you go from one pedal to the other, inching along the highway at speeds that sometimes dip into the single digits, as the car can handle these low-speed congestion issues on its own.

Of course the Model S can do even more than that, such as passing other drivers, staying in its land, and even warning drivers when they exceed the posted speed limit. While none of these features are unique to the Model S, Elon Musk has been repeatedly saying that a mostly-autonomous Tesla is just a few years off. This is a far more aggressive timeline than conventional rivals like Mercedes-Benz and Audi, who have rolled out their own semi-autonomous cars, but either as prototypes or six-figure sedans. Tesla includes the Autopilot features on all of its new cars built since September, so there might be something to Musk’s bullish statements.

The ability to drive a car when you want to, and hand over control to a computer when you don’t, really highlights Tesla’s emphasis on the driving experience. The Model S is more than just an electric vehicle, it’s chock full of futuristic technology that puts it on the literal cutting edge of the auto industry. No wonder it seems like everyone is scrambling to keep up.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.