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Rally driver Alex Roy had some pretty experienced folks with him when he took a Tesla Model S across the United States with the intention of doing as much of the trip as possible in the vehicle's newly-updated autopilot mode. Roy, along with cohorts Carl Reese and Deena Mastracci, made the 2,995-mile-trip from California to New York in 57 hours and 48 minutes, Teslarati says. And they used the electric vehicle maker's most updated autonomous-driving software to keep their hands free "whenever possible."

Roy previously did a BMW M5 cross-country trip in about 31 hours, so this voyage was a tad more leisurely. Break out some long division (or an Excel spreadsheet), and one can figure out that the Model S's average speed for the entire time was about 47 miles per hour. That, of course, includes time stopped for recharging, so the road speed was of course substantially higher.

This spring, Reese and Mastracci were part of a team that did a Tesla Model S cross-country trip in a little less than 59 hours, so there's been some progress in the last six months. In fact, the new trip got the attention of Tesla chief Elon Musk, who Tweeted: "Congrats on driving a Tesla from LA to NY in just over two days!"

As cool as this little adventure must have been, Autopilot is not suitable for every road in every situation. It's not as autonomous as people think, for example. And, in Florida, an Autopilot Tesla recently got a speeding ticket for doing 75 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone, according to Drag Times. What a drag of a time indeed.

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