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Published on November 3rd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla D vs Tesla Autopilot — The Results Are In

November 3rd, 2014 by  

A few weeks ago, I published a poll on which was a bigger deal — Tesla D or Tesla’s new autopilot features. For the first time ever, I didn’t look at the results as they were coming in. Looking at the results just now, I was quite surprised to see that autopilot won out by a large margin.

I did argue for autopilot in my article introducing the poll, but I also tried to provide the counterarguments. Furthermore, counterarguments were made in the comments on the CleanTechnica article, where I’m quite sure most of the respondents found the poll. But some commenters argued that Tesla D was a bigger deal, and I thought they had quite convincing arguments, so I thought the result would lean towards the D. Obviously, it didn’t, as you’ll see below.

Over 6,000 people viewed the articles on CleanTechnica, and others on Planetsave as well. Unfortunately, only 683 people responded, but that’s still a pretty good sample size. Here are the results:

Tesla D vs Tesla Autopilot

In numbers, Tesla D got 182 votes (26.65%) and Tesla’s new autopilot features got 501 votes (73.35%). Counter to what some people have argued, that makes me think that most people don’t love driving and prefer doing other things when they can, and that Tesla’s new autopilot features mean much more to the masses than blistering acceleration. But this was of course a very simple survey, so no broad conclusions on those matters can actually be made. Just a little more data to throw into your head.

If you didn’t respond the first time, feel free to throw in your 2 cents. I might come back to this in the future. Read my article and the comments underneath it on CleanTechnica and Planetsave for some careful consideration of the pros of each beforehand.

Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey! 

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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