An exploration of the new technology of driving, beginning with a 2012 Ford Focus and resuming with a Tesla Model 3.
EOR 49 Back in Cambridge
This is the view out my window here in Cambridge, where we are visiting for a week before heading back to Denver. This gives me a chance to catch up with the latest system update on Tess, which adds autopilot on navigation capabilities. Also, the automatic parking seems to be improved, or I am getting more used to it. This month marks a year of Tesla ownership and 12,000 miles of electric joy.
EOR 48 My Cousin's New Tesla
My cousin Kevin Tighe and I compare notes on our Model 3's. His, a blue number like the one shown above, arrived two months ago. Ours is parked in our neighbors' yard in Cambridge while we are in Denver. Kevin and I connected today by Skype and agreed--we love this car!
EOR 47 Minor Problems
On the Road to Maine
I'm sorry for the long hiatus without uploading an episode of this show. Life has been complicated lately.
But here we are, riding in Tess up I-95 to Ocean Park in the off season, a beautiful time of year to be in Maine.
You will hear a list of minor problems that have developed since we last spoke, and why they don't in any way diminish my love for the Tesla Model 3.
It's the future on wheels.
EOR 46 Darlene's First Drive and Cousin Jim
It's been almost three months since I took delivery of our Tesla Model 3. Last night was the first time my wife Darlene has driven it, and I recorded the historic event. She says she wanted me to have time to learn the complexities of the car, which I may have over-emphasized. Behind the wheel, her first reaction was "What's the big deal?"
My cousin Jim, by comparison, went into orbit with delight when I took him for a test drive. You'll hear both of them in this episode.
My apology for the poor audio quality of my recording in the car. I'm not sure why my Zoom HD 1 did such a poor job, and I trimmed as much of the distortion as possible.
If you have questions or comments, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.
Thanks for listening!
EOR 45 Summon
I finally received a wireless update of our Tesla Model 3's software today. Version 2018.26.1 includes the Summon feature, which enables me to move Tess forward or back using the Tesla app on my iPhone. This is a very weird experience, because you feel as if you are operating a toy car with a remote control, except the toy car is suddenly huge--a real car that's acting like a toy. It goes very slowly, and you have to keep your finger on the Forward or Reverse button the whole time.
Also in this episode, I will tell you what I learned on a round trip drive to Boston and back from Ocean Park, Maine, this week. Short version: driving with AutoPilot features is simply less of an energy drain than unassisted driving, especially if you find yourself driving into a major city like Boston during rush hour.
EOR 45 Supercharged Fourth of July
On the way to Ocean Park for the Fourth, Tess and I stopped at the brand-new bank of superchargers at the Kennebunk service area on the Maine Turnpike (I-95). They're fast!
Also in this episode, why AutoSteer sometimes tells me to put my hands on the wheel when they're already there, the brotherhood of Tesla owners, a couple of fails for autopark, and a new wall charger for Cambridge.
Yesterday's Fourth of July parade here featured a crowd favorite, the Ocean Park Marching Kazoo Band. I've participated in this musical troupe for several years now. Nothing says you love your country more than marching in a parade with a Kazoo in your mouth energetically humming "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Anchors Aweigh."
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Very Interesting for the MyFord Touch Owner or Owner-to-Be + Followup
Actually, I'm a MyFord Touch owner-to-be as I've had my 2012 Ford Focus with MyFord Touch on order since June 2, 2011. While waiting for the car, I discovered this podcast and have found it very interesting and educational as well. But be warned: you may find yourself getting frustrated at times right along with Len. I highly recommend you give this podcast a try.
September 3, 2011 followup. I had plenty time to do a lot of reading and learning about MFT before getting my new Focus, but it was only this podcast that helped me with my first MFT problem. MFT worked beautifully for the first 4 days and then, while running a number of errands, I came out to the car & started it only to find that the lighted white screen stayed that way. Nothing! So I tried one of the things Len mentioned, namely turning off the car and opening and closing the door as if I was leaving. Got in and started the car again and ... still just the lighted white screen! First thought was "back to the dealer on day 4?" But I then remembered Len said how, waiting a while, it would reboot by itself, so I drove to my next errand. When I came out what did I find this time? A BLACK screen! Did I panic? No. Len said to be patient and give it time to self-correct (or something like that). After a few minutes what did it do? Rebooted and it has been perfect ever since! If not for this podcast, I wouldn't have known to patiently wait and would have immediately called my dealer for a service appointment.