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‘Smart Summon’…Personal Robotic Driver in Tesla Cars

‘Smart Summon’…Personal Robotic Driver in Tesla Cars

Saturday, 5 October, 2019 - 04:15
A Tesla Model X vehicle is charged by a supercharger outside a Tesla electric car dealership in Sydney. REUTERS

Tesla has launched the "Smart Summon" capability included in the automaker's latest software update that manages the self-driving systems in the company's cars.

The feature enables owners with Model 3, Model S, and Model X vehicles equipped with Tesla's semi-autonomous AutoPilot driver-assistance hardware to summon their vehicle from a parking space and have it drive across a parking area to them. So, according to the Motor Trends website, don't be shocked if you're in your local parking lot and see a driverless Tesla whizzing past.

According to the German News Agency, there already is a summon feature in Tesla's bag of tricks, in which owners can manipulate their cars' forward and backward progress straight into or out of a tight perpendicular parking space remotely via their phones. But, the new Smart Summon obviously takes things much further, building on an earlier beta iteration dubbed Enhanced Summon and allowing the car to accelerate, brake, and steer all on its own.

At the same time, Tesla doesn't lay out many parameters for using Smart Summon other than to cover themselves legally with the note that "those using Smart Summon must remain responsible for the car and monitor it and its surroundings at all times."

The company also recommends that users must have a "line of sight" to their car when using the feature.

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