Tesla Model 3 Performs Rainy Rescue Using Smart Summon

Even though Tesla’s Smart Summon feature has been scrutinized almost as soon as it was deployed, there are instances in which lots of people might still find it very useful.

In fact, Tesla themselves say that Smart Summon is 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.” Well, here’s what that latter scenario looks like.

Now, the system may not be perfect, as demonstrated by several Tesla owners who ended up denting their cars or simply found the tech to be otherwise glitchy or impractical.

Then again, that clearly isn’t always the case, and if you’re facing a torrential downpour and you’ve got a full cart and kids to watch over, you might fancy having your car come closer to your location, rather than getting yourself, your family and everything you bought wet.

This video, which was taken last week in Orland Park, Illinois, is a little shaky, but in the end the Model 3 makes it to its destination, although its positioning was far from perfect. We also don’t understand why it didn’t just back up out of the spot so it could drive right up to its owners.

Instead, it chose to drive forward (crossing into the opposite parking slot), and eventually stopping a few yards away from where it would have been ideal.

Also read: Tesla Introduces V10.0 Software With Smart Summon And Netflix

Given the circumstances, some users may have found this outcome acceptable, but ultimately, the U.S. automaker definitely needs to fine-tune a few things as far as Smart Summon is concerned.

The Model 3 in question also didn’t crash into anything, so at least there’s that.


  • charlotteharry57

    Just another dangerous toy feature for those that are car fashionistas.

    • Jason Miller

      Not any more dangerous than getting hit by someone backing out of a parking spot because they aren’t paying attention.

  • Ron

    I wish I could block any story related to Tesla. Seriously, it’s overkill and I really don’t care if people are too lazy to walk to their car.

    • Ben

      Overall, this could be a useful feature if you’re summoning your car from a parking deck or airport parking, but like 35ft away seems cheesy. They still got wet and an umbrella would still be the best option.

    • krusshall

      Somehow I think you’d rather share your negativity rather than simply not click on the story link.

  • Willzyx

    Oh the horror… Rain.. you will melt if you get wet.

  • Stephen G


    • TheBelltower

      It is a gimmick for owners. But for Tesla it’s providing a massive amount of data. Every move a Tesla makes is recorded and sent to their big AI brain. Even when Autopilot isn’t engaged.

  • Craig

    I wonder…. IF your Tesla ‘accidentally’ and VERY tragically [of course] ran over your spouse – would YOU or the car go to jail?

    • Ben

      I’d assume the vehicle would spend the remainder of it’s service life impounded, 23hr lock down with no possibility of resale.

    • europeon

      I know your comment was meant of a joke, but believe it or not, this is the moral dilemma philosophers (and lawyers) of today are faced with.

    • JqC

      Volvo had an interesting way of looking at this. Basically, they consider that it is THEIR fault. And as such, they are preparing to accept the liability function with the understanding that in the long run, the lives saved by autonomy, the convenience, and the profit generated by revenues derived from mobility as a service, will outweigh the initial issues. Basically, the Ford Pinto situation, but in reverse, and for a positive reason.

      • Craig

        An interesting and courageous way of looking at it. I wonder if others will follow suit.

  • europeon

    How convenient this video surfaces just a couple of days after the accidents happening during the auto-summon scandal started.

    • TheBelltower

      There have been hundreds of thousands of “summons” since they started pushing out the V10 software update. Obviously people are going to take video of it happening.

  • salamOOn

    omg they did it even without looking around….. ? they clearly cant saw the car for the whole time…..

    • TrevP

      Clearly can’t saw. My brain hurts.

      • salamOOn

        im sorry, i edited it numerous times before sending….

        • TrevP

          I’m just giving you a hard time. lol

  • db

    What I found odd was the windshield wipers were intermittently wiping while no driver was in the car.

    • Matt

      Because they are rain-sensing perhaps?

      • db

        No doubt you’re right but still there is nobody in the car.

        I’m thinking like remote start on most cars that the vehicle starts up but until you actually get in and hit the ignition button or put the key into the slot, the vehicle is still in essence “not running” electrically speaking.

        Not sure how this Tesla feature would work. If someone jumped into the Tesla, say through an open window, would they be able to drive it away?

  • Mr. EP9

    Wouldn’t it been faster to just…….Ah, screw it. Never mind.

  • marioGTI

    WOW, I’m sure a few scratches here and there are well worth it when it comes to an extreme weather conditions like that…Right?


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