first_imgKelley Blue Book test driver fills us in on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature.It’s important to note that Kelley Blue Book (KBB) didn’t publish this particular video. However, Micah Muzio test drives cars for KBB as part of his day job. He used some of his personal time to check out a Tesla Model S Performance (formerly P100D) and its Navigate on Autopilot feature. With that being said, Micah is clearly well-qualified to fill us in on the tech. Nonetheless, he still says this is more of a casual, real-world look at the technology rather than a comprehensive review.Additional Tesla Navigate on Autopilot Content: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Testing Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot In Heavy LA Traffic: Video The Model S performs as expected with the semiautonomous featured engaged. Micah’s demonstration reveals that it does a good job on the freeway and handles on- and off-ramps respectably. However, you have to stay engaged and aware, because there are occasional quirks. Tesla will continue incrementally updating its Autopilot and Navigate on Autopilot tech as it moves toward Full Self-Driving capability.As we recently shared, Musk says full-self-driving optioned Tesla vehicles will be feature-complete by the end of this year. However, he admits that it will likely be another year after that before you’ll be able to use the technology without human intervention. While timelines related to fully autonomous systems continue to get pushed back, we can’t really blame Tesla or any other automaker. Safety is key, and until it’s ready, frankly we don’t want it on public roads.Video Description via Micah Muzio on YouTube:Micah “Drives” a Tesla Model S using Navigate on AutopilotThanks to my day job at Kelley Blue Book, I drive a lot of cars. This round I’m behind the wheel of a 2019 Tesla Model S P100D (recently renamed the Tesla Model S Performance). And when I say, “sitting behind the wheel” I mean that quite literally. In this video I’m testing one of Tesla’s newest features, Navigate on Autopilot, an advanced feature recently added to Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot self-driving system. Full self-driving capabilities are still over the horizon but, as this video shows, Navigate on Autopilot can handle on-ramp to off-ramp freeway driving…albeit with constant human oversight and a few awkward moments. And just so the premise is ultra-clear, this is not a comprehensive review but rather a casual look at the Tesla Model S, while living my normal life. Simple. Fun! Watch Navigate On Autopilot At Night In Rain: Video Source: Electric Vehicle News Watch Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot Versus Dreadful LA Trafficlast_img

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first_imgUltimately, Tesla signed a grid connection deal with officials on September 29, at which point it was already half way through the installation of the batteries, according to Reuters. French company Neoen runs the wind farm where the Powerpack battery system is installed. Now that it is complete, testing will soon start.Battery systems like this are a vital part of transitioning regions away from coal power plants, a change taking place in South Australia and Victoria that has resulted in warnings over a thin power supply for the region’s summer season. Hot summers have resulted in power blackouts in the region, not to mention a severe storm that knocked out power for millions in South Australia last year.Officials had made it clear this past summer that it was seeking a large energy storage solution that would be able to provide individuals in the area with electricity in cases such as this. In July, Tesla had issued a statement saying that it was selected to build a 100MW / 129MWh Powerpack battery system to be used with the aforementioned Neoen wind farm.This backup battery system is going to be used as part of the region’s electrical infrastructure to help provide reliable access to electricity, as well as helping avoid power blackouts during peak hours. At the time, Tesla had said that it would complete construction of the power system in December of this year. That brings us to today’s announcement from the South Australia government revealing that the system is already complete.SOURCE: Reuters Tesla has completed its Powerpack backup battery system in Australia ahead of its December 2017 deadline, officials have announced. With its completion comes a milestone designation: it is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, and it is located in South Australia. South Australia, which is heavily dependent on wind power, approved the construction back in July. Tesla had promised to complete the project in 100 days.last_img

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