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I Just Drove Eight Hours on Tesla Autopilot and Lived to Tell the Tale

After 550 miles that included crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains, the only real problem was the driver behind the wheel.
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

I knew Tesla had a problem when everyone started telling me to “be safe.”

I was getting ready to embark on a 550-mile road trip in a $145,000 Tesla Model S. I’d be driving through the twisted passes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and I couldn’t imagine a more enjoyable vehicle for the journey. But when I mentioned the trip to friends and family, all they wanted to talk about was a recent crash involving Autopilot, Tesla’s version of cruise control—on steroids.