Advanced Summon: Making Parking Lots Fun Again

Eli Burton got to show Alex from E for Electric just how cool Advanced Summon in his Model S P100D is. The video is 15 minutes long and Eli comes in at about 3 minutes into the video after Alex introduces him.

Eli points out just how independent Advanced Summon is.

“We now have very much AI-driven self-driving feature–no person in the car it backs itself out of the parking lot and navigates itself through open spaces without direct lane lines approaching situations that involve turns and it is doing this without a human involved.”

“It is very much a beta feature so when it runs you see it being very cautious moving very slow some of those movements are kind of jerky as it’s assessing those situations. It will come up to a place where it has to make a turn and I’ve watched it wait three or four seconds–there weren’t any cars coming but it was clearly assessing the environment and deciding what to do next”

Advanced Summon is still in Beta which is making parking lots kind of fun. Seeing a car drive itself is kind of like watching someone you love learning something new. It puts that human feeling into the mix and makes Teslas, in my opinion, seems more human than any other type of car.

In the above tweet, Michael Liebow has excellent advice. Once you (and your human-like Tesla) get a feel for Advanced Summon, you’ll feel more confident as this beta version continues to improve. Many people start out driving in parking lots, so it makes sense to train your Tesla in parking lots as well.

Also, the convenience of Tesla’s Advanced Summon will help people when they have a lot of items such as heavy groceries, or if its pouring or any other similar situation.

One of the best perks is safety, as Michael Liebow points out in another tweet below.

Having had to walk through a dark alley a few times in my life (and fend off attackers here and there) I can definitely agree that having a car that drives itself, records everything and lights the way would make me feel safer if I had to cross a dark path to my car.

Can the Raven Model S run a 10.5 Second Quarter Mile?

Eli goes back to the drag strip with his shiny new Raven Model S to answer this burning question.

He gives a quick shout out to Juan who towed him and then takes of like a rocket down the strip.

You can feel the sense of excitement as he yells, ‘Oh My God!” and we all are cheering for him to fly.

As you can see in the full video below, this is an adventure that almost takes Eli’s breath away–but that could be because it’s hot.

Tesla 2.0 Autopilot Takes Left Turn Through Intersection

Tesla has been improving Auto Pilot for a while now, and as Eli demonstrates, Tesla Auto Pilot is now able to take turns in intersections.

One of the goals of Tesla is to change up the way we drive using artificial intelligence and as you can see in the video, it’s smooth.

Eli runs a quick test of Auto Pilot by taking a left turn in an intersection. It’s a 90-degree angle turn. Eli says 45-degree turn, but he clarifies that in the comment section of the video.

Eli starts from the middle lane and keeps his hands on the wheel, barely touching it as the Tesla successfully completes the turn.

You can hear Eli and his friend in the background hyped up and very excited. This is a small thing to normal drivers, but a huge feat for a company seeking to revolutionize the auto industry in a way that helps us and our fellow drivers.

In a follow up edit, Eli states:

” There is only a line on the left side of the “lane” – there is no lane marker on the right side of the car. I had attempted this intersection just a couple months ago with AP and it barreled straight very early in the turn forcing me to jump in.”

Both InsideEVs and Teslarati wrote articles about Eli’s video.

2nd Annual Tesla Takeover Road Trip

On April 13, 2018, My Tesla Adventure had their second annual My Tesla Adventure Roadtrip and filled up all 40 stalls of the Kettleman City Tesla Supercharger

Imagine going to a gas station and trying to befriend other car owners. You’re likely to have odd looks or strange, glances aimed your way while the person you are trying to befriend rushes to fill their tanks and go.

At Tesla superchargers, the atmosphere is more relaxed and people are more friendlier. They are also open to sharing their love of Tesla and how they became Tesla owners with you.

So naturally, inviting someone to go on an adventure wouldn’t seem strange at all, but fun! And this is just what My Tesla Adventure does.

One of the most beautiful things about the Tesla community is how they are open with their love of something that empowers both them and others.

Tesla makes clean energy cars and cuts the carbon impact by tons on a daily basis. This community is supportive of that goal and wants to create a better world for our children and their children.

My Tesla Adventure reminds Tesla owners visually by inviting them to explore the world around them–the very world that Tesla is impacting for the better.

Watch the full video below to experience the 2nd Annual My Tesla Adventure Roadtrip right from your home, office or wherever you are.

My Tesla Adventure, Meet Up, Drive & Private Dining. Freemont to Santa Cruz.

Tesla Owners Drive & Dine – Tesla Factory to Santa Cruz

My Tesla Adventure | Meet up, Drive & Private Dining | Tesla Factory to Santa Cruz | February 2, 2019

 Cost per attendee including Room Fee, Bread, Salad, Entree, Desert, Tax, and Gratuity: $55

The My Tesla Adventure family has grown beyond what a normal restaurant reservation can handle, so this time we have booked a private room for our event.

Lunch: Private Room at The Ideal Bar and Grill
Meal: Plated 3 Course Meal

  • Your choice of:
    • Blackened Mahi Mahi
    • New York Steak
    • Mixed Greens & Gorgonzola Grilled Chicken*
      • *Can be made vegetarian

Cost per attendee includes room fee, bread, salad, entree, dessert, tax, and gratuity: $55

All Attendees must RSVP.

If you live nearby, please arrive with a good state of charge because the Tesla Factory is a popular charging location. There are hundreds of destination chargers at the factory, so everyone who comes can top off during the meet up prior to the drive.

Starting Location:
Tesla Factory Supercharger (12 stalls)
45500 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538

Ideal Bar & Grill
1 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA

Tesla Owners Drive & Dine – Los Gatos to Half Moon Bay – November 10th, 2018

Join us for the Tesla Owners Meetup Saturday, November 10, 2018 starting at 9 am at the Los Gatos Supercharger. We will be departing the supercharger at 10am. To attend RSVP using the form below. The information provided will be used to keep you informed of any event changes and allow us to properly prepare for the total number of attendees. If you do not RSVP we can not guarantee your spot at lunch at the end of the drive.

The Los Gatos supercharger has only 12 stalls and we anticipate 20 Tesla’s in attendance. If you can arrive with a good level of charge so that everyone can get the needed ranged before we depart.

Registration is Closed.

We have reached maximum capacity for this event. Thank you for your interest.

Tesla Model S Interior, My Tesla Adventure

What Happens When Your Tesla Gets a Flat Tire?

I fly back to Colorado on a regular basis. So much so that it has become as routine as a daily commute. I live about 20 minutes from San Jose airport. Close proximity coupled with a few travel memberships, I’m door to gate in about 30 minutes. My travel routine is a well-oiled machine. Except for that one time…

In January, I had a trip planned. Aside from a few mundane tasks related to owning a vehicle that is registered and stored in another state, my good friend was having a house warming party. I was looking forward to the change of scenery and spending a few days hanging out with friends.

About halfway through the drive to the airport Alex, our Model X P100D, starts complaining of low tire pressure. My husband and I had this happen before, due to temperature fluctuations and a faulty sensor, so we continued on our path, assuming this was the case again. Another mile down the road a 33 PSI warning.

Something is up. We exited the highway on to a local street. Waiting for the light to change Alex announces another PSI warning. The light changes and mid turn, 14 PSI! I’m trying to remember if we hit a big pot hole or something else that could have caused this rapid pressure loss. By the time we find parking Alex is at 0 psi. This is bad.

We had purchased the portable air compressor/tire repair kit from Tesla. A very compact and well designed unit. I was excited to have and opportunity to use it, so I hopped out, opened the frunk, grabbed the compressor, and made my way to the offending tire.

Upon close inspection there appeared to be no damage. No large holes. No objects puncturing the sidewalls or tread. No reason I could see for the flat. However, I knew something was up when I started to remove the valve stem cap and it hissed at me. Tell tale sign of valve stem damage. I wiggled the valve stem and again it hissed. Unfortunately, the tire repair kit was of no use in this situation. I hopped back in the car to consult with my husband. “Anders, We have to call Tesla Service.”

A few touches on the main display, a couple of rings and we’re in contact with a Service Rep. I wish I remembered his name, he was great. After making sure we were safe and didn’t need any medical assistance. He asked for our location and a few other details about the situation. After a minute or two on hold, he came back and said, “A truck is routed to you with a replacement wheel to get you back on the road.”

He explained that the truck will take our flat to the Santa Clara service center, where it will be fixed. They’ll call in a few days to arrange a time to bring it back to us and swap the repaired wheel for the loaner. Pleasantly surprised we didn’t have a tow in our future, we thanked him and ended the call.

In the past, we had AAA roadside assistance, so we were prepared for a few hours of waiting. Resigned to our fate, I took the time to make a few calls to sort out the plans that were affected by the detour. I obviously wasn’t going to make my flight.

After finishing up my calls and settling into the cozy warm seats of the X, I saw some yellow flashing lights navigating the road behind us and said, “I guess we’re not the only people needing a tow truck tonight.” I was thinking that it was a tow truck on it’s way to some other stranded motorist.

Much to my surprise it stopped right next to us. Me, in my eternal pessimism, assumed it was some roving towing company seeing our hazard lights as a way to make a quick buck.

Nope, wrong again. It was Alex with truck 41 of Finish Line Towing. (Yes, he has the same name as our car. It must be fate.) I was impressed with his speedy arrival. He went right to work and had the wheel swapped so quickly I suspect he may moonlight as a Formula One pit mechanic. Despite his expedient work he maintained professionalism and took great care not to damage the finish of the wheel. The swap took less than 10 minutes. A few minutes of paperwork, a huge thank you and hand shake for Alex and we were on our way. All in all it was 45 minutes from first point of contact with Tesla to back on the road. That’s pretty impressive. AAA could learn a few things from this.

Anyway, I didn’t make my flight, but to be honest I didn’t mind. I came away from the situation feeling much more at ease about having a car with no spare tire. A nagging worry I have had since I learned spare tires were becoming obsolete.

While the the initial Tesla Support rep said that the service center would follow up with us when the tire was fixed most, we ended up having to call the service center to check on it’s status a few days later. Since we already had the annual service scheduled for the following week, we arranged to keep the loaner wheel until then. The Model X could survive with mismatched wheel for a few more days.

If that had not been the case it might have been a little annoying to have to take the car in. However, the support during my “Oh no! I have a flat.” moment was flawless when it mattered most.

Tesla seems to have figured out the logistics of the many concerns I had with their unique approach to car ownership and care. It will be interesting to see if this scales when flocks of Model 3s are out on the road. I feel comfortable assuming they will. Tesla is changing the world in so many ways not only with innovative vehicles and energy solutions, but changing expectations and raising the bar for many industries. All in all I came away from this potentially stressful situation with a smile and yet another wave of satisfaction we made the right decision becoming a Tesla family.

Link to Finish Line Towing -
Link to Tesla Tire Repair/compressor -

Was the Tesla Model 3 designed for Self Driving?

The Tesla Model 3 Was Made for Autonomy:

My Tesla Adventure’s founding member and driver of the Model Model 3 IG@BlueModel3 realized that the model 3 was made with an autonomous future mind. Erza saw the design of the Tesla Model 3’s interior as odd until the steering wheel was removed.

Tesla Model 3 no Steering Wheel
Tesla Model 3 With Steering Wheel

It is hard to argue that this isn’t Tesla’s Intent. At quick glance it looks “so right” you can easily overlook that the steeling column is missing. We showed our photo shopped render of the Model 3 with the steering wheel removed  to Tesla Chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen and ask if this was the intent with this design. He couldn’t comment on the matter but we believe the image allowing makes a compelling case that Franz and Tesla designed the Model 3 with the intent of a fully autonomous and only autonomous model 3 option in the coming years.

We anticipate the first non human drivable fully autonomous cars deployed by Tesla and others will be to serve the ride sharing market first. Elon Musk has talked in the about the future option to have your Tesla participate in a ride share service while you work to generate income for the owner.

How do you feel about self driving cars? Are you ready for a fully autonomous car with out a steering wheel option?

Tour de Tesla

Tour de Tesla: The European Dream

Eli Burton of My Tesla Adventure in Partnership with DreamCase are setting off on a tour of Europe. We will visit 7 Counties in 7 Days beginning on May 20th, 2018.

Day 1: May 20th Slovenia & Croatia

Slovenia to Croatia

8.00 we leave Ljubljana, drive south 9.00-9.30 SuperCharge at Kozina (if need to) and to towards Izola/Portoroz. At Izola quick stop at the pier.   We will drive through Portoroz stop to see the ocean. After crossing  the boarder to Croatia we will swim in the waters of Savudrija. We will visit Umac and enjoy pizza on the pier and walk this cute little town.
After spending the day in Croatia we will drive back to the Tesla Supercharger in Ljubljana before ending our day at the famous Lake Jasna where we will car camp on our DreamCase for the night.

Day 2: May 21th Slovenia, Austria & Germany

Slovenia to Austria to Germany

We will start the day driving via Trenta to Boveč stopping by the Soče River. After leaving  Soče we will cross over mangart and into Italy briefly on our way into Villach Austria.  In Jasna-Villach we will stop for a meal and to Supercharge.

Germany to Switzerland to Liechtenstein

Our focus for day 3 is the Neuschwanstein CastleWe will be having a Tesla Owners Meetup at the Castle on midday of Tuesday May 22nd. After we leave the castle at 5:00pm (17:00) we shall cruise down to the Tesla Supercharger in Lermoos, Liechtenstein. We will spend the night car camping in Liechtenstein near the Rhine River.  Day 3 of the My Tesla Adventure Tour de Tesla will be less driving and more socializing with the Tesla Community.

Day 4: May 23rd Switzerland, Italy, Naboo

Switzerland to Italy

Our focus for day 3 is the Neuschwanstein CastleWe will be having a Tesla Owners Meetup at the Castle on midday of Tuesday May 22nd. After we leave the castle at 5:00pm (17:00) we shall cruise down to the Tesla Supercharger in Lermoos, Liechtenstein. We will spend the night car camping in Liechtenstein near the Rhine River.  Day 3 of the My Tesla Adventure Tour de Tesla will be less driving and more socializing with the Tesla Community.

Day 5: May 24th Lake Como, Verona

Germany to Switzerland to Liechtenstein

Our focus for day 3 is the Neuschwanstein CastleWe will be having a Tesla Owners Meetup at the Castle on midday of Tuesday May 22nd. After we leave the castle at 5:00pm (17:00) we shall cruise down to the Tesla Supercharger in Lermoos, Liechtenstein. We will spend the night car camping in Liechtenstein near the Rhine River.  Day 3 of the My Tesla Adventure Tour de Tesla will be less driving and more socializing with the Tesla Community.


Tesla Owners Meetup & Drag-strip Event

Do you enjoy the track? Have you ever wanted to find out how fast your Tesla is in the quarter mile? Do you want to meet fellow Tesla Owners? Join the My Tesla Adventure Community in partnership with Tesla Club SoCal at Auto Club Dragway for an evening of fun. All Tesla Models are welcome and will be in attendance including both performance and non-performance variants of the Model 3, Model X, Model S, and Roadsters.

Event Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2018.
Event Time: 8am - 4pm
Location: Auto Club Dragway | Fontana, CA
Dragway Fees: $10 to spectate | $50 for car & driver

Food Trucks, Friends & Family, Drag Racing

Food trucks are onsite at the drag way, we will also provide water and snacks to Tesla attendees. There will be a private tent for Tesla Owner's to socialize and watch the races. Kids are welcome to attend however we recommend no younger than 3 due to the sound levels during some of the drag races. We will have ear protection on hand for all attendees.

A View From the Drag Strip.

race view
p100DL driver view takeoff

What do I need to participate?

Helmets are Required in all vehicles 13.99 seconds and quicker. Most Tesla's will surpass a 13.99 1/4 mile with the exception of the Model X 75. Helmets must meet NHRA approved SNELL rating and must have required label on the inside of the helmet. SNELL 2010 good until 1-1-2022. SNELL 2015 good until 2027.

We recommend the Conquer Snell SA2015 Approved Full Face Auto Racing Helmet which sells on for $169.95 with 2 day prime shipping. It comes in white and black with sizes ranging from small to extra large. If you want to attend but are unsure about making the investment in a helmet, contact us at and we can see if a My Tesla Adventure team member has a helmet to loan or share.

Snell SA2015 Approved Full Face Auto Racing Helmet

Click to see on Amazon
Click to see on Amazon

Protective clothing. The minimum requirements are as follows: full-length pants; short- or long-sleeved shirt; closed shoes; and socks. No shorts. No bare legs. No bare torsos. No tank tops. No open-toe or open-heel shoes or sandals. Synthetic clothing not recommended.

Fire Jacket is a track requirement for any vehicle running the 1/4th mile in less than 11.50 seconds. This will apply for all "P" performance model Teslas. Although a fire jacket is not required for slower vehicles we recommend picking one up for added safety. A qualified fire jacket runs as little as $50 and they look pretty dam cool.

We recommend a NHRA approved jacket meeting SFI Spec 3.2/1. Jackets that meet the spec include the 3.2/1, 3.2/5, 3.2/15, 3.2/20, 3.2/30. We have had great success buying jackets from Summit Racing where you will find options in all colors and sizes. If you have an issue finding a jacket in your size or any other concerns when ordering your jacket contact us at

Click for Summit Racing
Click for Summit Racing

Preparing your car

Remove unnecessary loose objects. The drag-strip has a safety requirement of no "Loose ballast"

Loose ballast is not permitted on the racetrack, so be prepared to empty trunks and interiors of all loose items. Spare tires, jacks, etc. must be securely mounted or must be removed. Tools, jack stands, coolers, loose speakers, wheel covers, etc. are considered loose ballast and are not permitted on the track. If you don't need it, or don't want to leave it unattended, leave it at home.

Any loose odds and ends that you bring with you if you have a bag for them other Tesla owners can hold on to them for you while you race. We typically bring a backpack for those odds and ends, water bottles, purses, etc.

Nearby Supercharging

Palladio at Broadstone
12 superchargers, available 24/7, up to 120kW
12642 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

This is a good location to charge located in the Victoria Gardens outdoor shopping mall with a variety of dining options nearby. This location is 6.5 miles from the Dragway slowly you will reach the track with a 98% charge. We will be charging at this location around 7am to reach full charge before driving to the track.

Track Location & Directions

Auto Club Dragway
9300 Cherry Ave
Fontana, CA 92335

Be sure to enter the raceway via Cherry Avenue at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Randall. Your GPS system will likely navigate you to another entrance nearby that will be closed.