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  • Writer's pictureRuss Newton

Level 3 – Hands off, eyes off, awareness for take over, take over request

I didn't know when I purchased my car that the level 3 automation would pay off so well for someone with ALS. I drove 620 miles today and the level 3 was the reason. I know because i had a loaner BMW without that when I took my car in for service. I was pulled over by CHP for almost hitting the car next to me in my blind spot. The cops words, not mine. But he listened to me text out my answers to his questions and it satisfied him, no ticket. But driving that car down to Fresno and back required the most vigilant attention I had. Driving today, the car kept me centered in the lane (with my hands on the wheel and my phone in my bag) and would accelerate and deaccelerate the car when I got too close or too far away from the car. All I had to do was check the mirrors when changing lanes (though the car has automatic collision detection and will swerve back if I do change lanes with a car next to me.) And the thing I was missing on the loaner vehicle was active on my car, I light lights up when a car is in my blind spot and if it is within 25 feet of the car in the lane. So with that, I can drive quite comfortably and avoid all issues on the road. So as long as I am able to drive, I will only drive this car for safety reasons.

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Russ Newton
Russ Newton
Sep 04, 2021

Thank you Vivian, it was my pleasure to take Jim to see Matt. Thank you for the compliments, in response I can only say I am the healthiest dying man you will ever see! Russ


Vivian Weber
Vivian Weber
Sep 03, 2021

Russ: Thank you for posting the information about Jim's heart attack. I heard it first from you. I can only feel gratitude about the event. Gratitude that you were in an urban area with a Trauma Center.. Jim's continuing life is a blessing to appreciate.

I so enjoy following your trip and seeing the many wonderful folks who call you Friend. I look at your smiling face and svelte body, and I think: "This man can't be ill. Look at him. He's the picture of health." I'm not sure how you do it, but you are a model of strength, acceptance and carpe' diem. I am honored to know you -- even if only virtually and through David and Jim.

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