Tesla rolled out their biggest software update ever last week and it didn’t take long for it to start causing havoc.
Dubbed Software Version 10.0, the update includes a Smart Summon feature for customers who paid for Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving Capability.
Billed as a “perfect feature to use if you have an overflowing shopping cart, are dealing with a fussy child or simply don’t want to walk to your car through the rain,” the Smart Summon function is designed to allow your Tesla to autonomously navigate a parking lot and come pick you up at the entrance to a building.
While it sounds like a cool feature, YouTube and Twitter were quickly filled with videos showing the system looking more dumb than smart. It’s hard to know where to begin, but let’s start with Daniel Spalding’s video which shows the function working somewhat well.
As you can see in the clip, Spalding taps a button on the Tesla app that says “Come to Me.” The Model 3 slowly pulls out of its parking space, but quickly comes to a halt as it notices a pedestrian and bicyclist nearby. Even after both are a significant distance away from the vehicle, it just sits there on the wrong side of the aisle while someone in the background suggests its “freaking out.”
After a pause, the car drives on the wrong side of the aisle before pulling pretty far out into an intersection. It eventually arrives near the owner and effectively blocks the roadway.
Be forewarned @Tesla @elonmusk Enhanced summon isn’t safe or production ready. Tried in my empty drive way. Car went forward and ran into the side of garage. Love the car but saddened. #Tesla #TeslaModel3 pic.twitter.com/tRZ88DmXAW
— AB (@abgoswami) September 28, 2019
That’s just one clip and there are countless other showing the system working with varying degrees of success. Twitter user @abgoswami said they tried the system in their empty driveway, but the vehicle “went forward and ran into the side of [the] garage.” That post was accompanied by a picture showing a Tesla with a crushed front fender and some paint scrapes.
Another Twitter user posted a clip of a Model 3 being summoned and nearly getting into a collision. After exiting its parking space, the car pulled too far out into an intersection and nearly got hit a by a crossover. This was clearly a surprise as the woman recording the video gasps and says “Oh my god.”
— Roddie Hasan – راضي (@eiddor) September 28, 2019
Another clip, noticed by The Drive, actually showed a Model 3 getting into a collision with a Lexus that was backing up. It’s a bit difficult to assign blame for that incident, but a human driver might have been able to prevent it by honking or taking evasive action.
While the system appears to have some issues, Tesla’s fine print says “Smart Summon is only intended for use in private parking lots and driveways. You are still responsible for your car and must monitor it and its surroundings at all times and be within your line of sight because it may not detect all obstacles.” The company added to “Be especially careful around quick moving people, bicycles and cars.”
Other party thinks that I was actually driving because I ran to my car before he got out. Please give me some advise. @LikeTeslaKim @TesLatino @Model3Owners @teslaownersSV @teslamodel3fan pic.twitter.com/ScE12wHqA9
— David F Guajardo (@DavidFe83802184) September 28, 2019