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Have AP interval 1 Closer to Car in Front

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The Autopilot interval setting allows a choice of following distance from 1 (closest) to 5 (farthest).  When very slow or stopped, and using Interval 1, move the car closer to the car in front, less than one car length.

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To me, the #1 setting provides too much distance when sitting in traffic. I am always astonished at how much distance (2 or 3 car lengths!) some drivers put between themselves and the car in front of them or to the stop line. To me this is a sure indication of a mind otherwise focused. I earnestly believe that one of the biggest obstacles to full self driving will be how well the car gets along with other (impatient) drivers. At a stop light, the car should be tight to the car ahead (2 ft?) and should start to move immediately when the car ahead moves. Otherwise, expect the horn! Finally, if Tesla thinks that a small interval is too short at speed, make the interval speed dependent or make the #1 setting for in traffic only. I can’t be sure but I swear that when we took delivery of our MS (Dec 2017) the interval was tighter.

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Category: Tags: entered 16-Apr-2019
BobD
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5 Comments

I sometimes get honked at by the vehicle behind me when my M3 does not speed up quickly enough when the car ahead starts moving.
Add an option 1/2 car length separation for when traffic is at less than 10 mph.
I agree.  Way too often with AP distance set to 1, people keep cutting in front of the car causing the Auto Pilot to react in a fairly abrupt manner. Being able to set this distance another car-length closer (or 2) would prevent these cuts.
If the number 1 setting is not close enough for your driving situation then simply activate or deactivate TACC as needed.
I agree that the car leaves way too much space when at a standstill. If everyone leaves that much space, traffic jams become twice as long and cars near the end of the jam have to needlessly wait before being able to take their exit.

This is the only reason I don't use autopilot in traffic jams. I would love to, because it's really convenient and relaxing, but I just can't stand leaving such a huge gap. People should be fined for wasting so much asphalt.