Tuesday, February 16, 2021

First Time driving Tesla Model 3 (plus PlayStation VR)

Chad, Tori and I went up to visit our friends, Greg and Barb, on Monday. After lunch in Downtown Temecula, Greg let me drive his Tesla Model 3. It was my first time driving an electric car. It took me a little while to get used to the regenerative braking that slowed the vehicle if I released my foot from the accelerator. It doesn't coast like a gas-powered car. This extended range model is capable of 0 to 60 in 5 seconds. With the extra weight of five people in the car, we only managed 6 seconds when I stomped the pedal to the metal, but it still felt exhilarating. The Tesla Model S Plaid can reach 60 in less that 2 seconds. I imagine it is like being propelled forward on the Superman rollercoaster at Magic Mountain.

Back at his place, Greg broke out his PlayStation 4 and let us try the system's VR Headset. It was really cool being able to see in all directions with Virtual Reality and we tried several of the mini-games in the VR Worlds game. Playing Danger Ball, an extreme form of pong where you hit the spinning ball with the movement of your head was the most fun. Racing down the road in the Luge game was thrilling as well, but could be disorienting in a crash. I didn't experience the nausea that I felt trying VR many years ago but it was very tiring on the eyes after a while, probably from all the rapid eye movement.

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