Check Out Tesla’s Latest Enhanced Summon Feature In Action

Tesla’s latest Enhanced Summon self-parking system may still be in its beta phase, but a handful of videos recently picked up by Motor Trend shows the system being put through its paces, and it doesn’t look bad.

The car manufacturer launched its first iteration of Summon a few years ago and the newly-updated system appears faster and more advanced than ever. To use Enhanced Summon, Tesla owners simply navigate to the Tesla application on their smartphone, pin a pickup location within a 150-foot radius of the car and as the owner holds down a button on the screen, the car will drive itself to where you are.

Also Read: Tesla Updates Model 3 To Include Summon Feature

Enhanced Summon is far from perfect, though. Not only is the car limited to just 3 mph (4.8 km/h), but it does occasionally run into issues where it is unable to determine an appropriate path from a parking space to where the operator sets a pickup point. In addition, the car often uses erratic steering wheel movements as it looks to steer itself to a specific location. It clearly doesn’t mimic how a human drives, and even with no other vehicles in a parking lot, it aggressively cuts corners.

Evidently, the system still has a long way to go before being perfected, but as it stands, it is more advanced than any other on the market. We’re not entirely convinced about the practical use of Enhanced Summon, however, and can only think of a few scenarios where it would actually be worth using. For example, if it was raining outside, you could direct the car to pick you up from outside your office without getting wet.



    • Ben

      Very good idea.

    • Jay

      Great idea, perhaps they should have a light on anytime the vehicle is moving on it’s own.

    • ChrisInIL

      One of those bright flashing white strobes you see so often on the tops of school buses.

  • brn

    That’s pretty cool and I could have used it today, rather than running across the parking lot in the pouring rain.

    However, I’d hate to be stuck behind that thing. It drove slow and stopped in the middle of the road.

    • I guess it’s a test phase not to have a bunch of Model 3’s crashed along the way. Future updates will surely raise the speed limit of this feature.

      • brn

        I hope so. It’d be nice if it also pulled to the curb.

  • Bash

    Say goodbye to the entire valet parking concept.

    • TRB0T0Y

      Not if the establishment is an all valet service with gated lots. :o)

      • Bash

        Hmm, something to think about.

  • TRB0T0Y

    LEGISLATORS, please step in and put a stop to this. We’ve seen Tesla’s ‘autopilot’ kill a driver by shoving the car under a semi (it didn’t see a SEMI?!). Another one didn’t see a friggen FIRETRUCK, and slammed into that. Plus the one that nearly drove off a cliff, and the other chap who died because it failed to avoid a barrier.
    And our lawmakers are going to allow this to expand?! We’re going to permit lazy owners to have their cars dawdle around parking areas sans driver? When there’s a malfunction and it sideswipes a parked car, does it stop, leave information? Parking areas can get far too congested and hectic for this to be safe. It is definitely going to annoy the $hit out people stuck behind the thing.

  • Bash

    What if say it’s an underground parking basement and the signal is lost while it’s in the middle of way/process.

    • ChrisInIL

      Then the car summons you, and you sullenly walk to your overpriced car, dejected that you put your faith in technology that has once again failed you?

      • Bash

        Nailed it, that’s it, I’m not gonna but a Tesla.

  • StuffyAnt

    Just smart, intelligent and cool. It’s definitely the next level!

    • TRB0T0Y

      Just smart, intelligent, and cool ay? (is there a distinction? Can something be smart but not intelligent…?)
      Well I’d say its dumb, stupid, and pathetic.

      Why does Tesla have carte blanche to foist unproven, dangerous tech onto the masses like this? There’s been a handful of deaths and many crashes because Tesla owners are too lazy to drive, and use ‘Autopilot.’ And now these erratic cars for the glitterati will be let loose on their own, no driver even in the car? How will we know who’s jaw to break with the thing sideswipes your car, or makes you late to work by causing traffic to grind to a halt?
      This is indeed the next level. A new low, actually. I’d suggest Telsa focus their efforts on battery fires and atrocious panel gaps instead of this next gimmick.

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