The goal of the 21-year-old YouTube was to test the operation of the Tesla autopilot, which caused many fatal accidents. The distance between the starting point in Austin and the ending point in Chicago was 1931 km. Almost all of this segment of the electric car was moving on autopilot.
On a regular gasoline-powered car, a trip from Austin to Chicago would cost about $ 220 and took about 17 hours. Ryan did not have to spend money on fuel, as Tesla electric cars charge free in the Supercharger network, but because of the stops for recharging, the trip took about 36 hours. As the traveler noted, all the charging stations were away from the route, about 8-16 km, which resulted in 19 hours of extra time and several tens of kilometers. The difference between the estimated and actual travel times turned out to be so significant that Ryan refused to continue traveling long distances on electric cars. At least until the charging network becomes more extensive.
At the same time, the autopilot did not cause any complaints, except for the moment when Tesla could not recognize the traffic cones that worked on one of the sections of the route. According to Rain, the rest of the time he felt very comfortable and relaxed, almost like a passenger.