Weeknotes 22

  • Tesla Autopilot
  • I did some driving over the past 2 weeks. At some point I ended up following a gray Tesla for about – eh, an hour?
    That’s a lot of miles, all open freeway. 2-3 lanes (ie 3 lanes when it was up hill for trucks and overtaking slow traffic).
    Anyway, it was a little frustrating following them for a good while. We both were doing the speed limit, and due to the undulating hills, traffic was moving back and forth a bit.
    I could not put my finger on it, but the guy driving just seemed a little off. Not full on erratic, but the car was just not doing what I expected it to do when I expected it to do it.
    He was not dangerous per say, but it was just off putting not having him drive like the rest of us.
    Anyway, long story short, I finally got sick of the odd driving and so went a few mph over the limit and just went past him….. yeah, now it all makes sense… two hands holding a book and deeply involved in reading said book while I drove past him.
    That’s why I could not follow his driving pattern, he was not driving!

    Same experience on the way back.
    Tesla doing the speed limit. Light rain. Trucks throwing up loads of spray.
    2 lanes only.
    This time when we came up on it, I was looking for odd driving patterns.
    Sure enough, before long, there were about 4-5 cars stacked up behind this Tesla.
    He just paced this one truck spot on. He was about 1/4 to half way along the truck and just stuck there.
    We all wanted to get past and out of the spray.
    At one point it got nuts. The truck slowly moved out of the center of his lane and on to the white dashed line of the two lanes.
    The Tesla’s response (while driving in the rain with 4 cars behind)? Hit the brakes!
    Far out, I could not wait to get past this guy.
    Once again, driving past, we just had to take a look… Clearly playing some sort of game on his phone.
    Both hands on the phone, flashy graphics on the phone and head down looking at the phone the whole time we slowly moved past him.

  • Kabul.
  • Won’t say too much here, but its been a crazy few weeks for my aircraft website.
    Some big name Twitter users found it and started quoting aircraft messages from it. Things kind of blew up from there.
    Yesterday the site had over 115,000 hits in 24 hours.