California based Tesla Motors are always happy to push the boundaries. The recent release of Auto-Pilot being a perfect example. We have tested it and it’s a good as you think it is.
Elon Musk’s latest innovation is ‘Summon mode’.
Available imminently in the over-air software update, version 7.1 will mean you too can feel like Michael Knight, as he called upon his sidekick KITT to come to his rescue, in the hit 80’s show Knight Rider.
The release of ‘Summon mode’ builds on the Auto-Parking features already available. You will soon be able to park your Model S in the garage with the car opening and closing the door via the home-link garage door system.
See Model S owner James Majerus recent video of his car with a beta version of the software.
A second owner demonstrates the system’s capabilities.
Tesla describe their latest feature on their blog (excerpt below), suggesting a world of fully-autonomous driving is around the corner with your car capable of charging itself as it comes to meet you, possibly using the robotic snake charger currently being prototyped.
Using Summon, once you arrive home and exit Model S or Model X, you can prompt it to do the rest: open your garage door, enter your garage, park itself, and shut down. In the morning, you wake up, walk out the front door, and summon your car. It will open the garage door and come to greet you. More broadly, Summon also eliminates the burden of having to squeeze in and out of tight parking spots. During this Beta stage of Summon, we would like customers to become familiar with it on private property.
Eventually, your Tesla will be able to drive anywhere across the country to meet you, charging itself along the way. It will synch with your calendar to know exactly when to arrive.
Robotic charger prototype
Tesla CEO Musk took to Twitter to announce the arrival of this update, describing it as a baby step to full automation.
First baby step in Tesla Summon capability now downloading over-the-air with V7.1
Tap your phone or key and your car will open the garage door, exit, close the door and come to you. Will do same in reverse for unsummon.
In ~2 years, summon should work anywhere connected by land & not blocked by borders, eg you’re in LA and the car is in NY