Practical Application: Summon A Tesla Model S So You Don’t Get Rained On – Video

2 years ago by Electric CarsTV 18

Summoning A Tesla To Avoid Getting Rained On

Summoning A Tesla To Avoid Getting Rained On

As of right now, summoning your Tesla Model S has only limited practical value.

For starters, the Model S is often plugged in charging, which means that it can’t be summoned until it’s physically unplugged (Tesla hopes to solve this issue with its snake-like automatic charger), but provided that your car isn’t plugged in, what’s a real-world situation in which the summon feature actually has a practical application?

DragTimes demonstrates one practical application of summon in this video – and no, they didn’t time it:

“Demonstration of Tesla’s latest software resale version 7.1 that includes Summon Feature. We demonstrate the Summon feature by having the car pick us up in the rain so we don’t get wet!”

Backing your car out of the garage by itself seems a bit trivial, but avoiding a torrential downpour does seem to be a worthwhile application of this trick Tesla technology.

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18 responses to "Practical Application: Summon A Tesla Model S So You Don’t Get Rained On – Video"

  1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Hmmm. According to the instructions from Tesla, there is a limit to Summon of the car moving 39 feet, or 2.4 car lengths (Model S length = 16.3 ft.). Yet, unless my eyes are deceiving me, this video shows it moving three car lengths. Perhaps, as someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum suggested, you can use Summon multiple times in a row to make it go farther?

    1. Anon says:

      You can ‘walk’ it like a dog, using the fob.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Thanks for the info. I guess you mean there’s no limit to how far you can Summon the car to move, as long as you keep pressing the button on the fob?

        What is the range of the fob? And yes, I realize that the range will depend somewhat on conditions at the location; RF “noise” etc.

        Interesting to read about how Tesla says you are supposed to use the app, vs. what the actual limitations are. For example, someone on the TMC forum said the instructions are to park the car in your garage before using Summon, yet in actuality you can use it to park in the garage without having first done so yourself. Probably safer to do it according to instructions, though.

      2. evcarnut says:

        It’s like in the 0ld western movies, when the Lone Ranger summoned His horse Trigger , Trigger would Gallop to him ,Then He’d Hop on & ride! What A cool feature !A total must Have !

        1. ffbj says:

          Good analogy. Then after you retire you Tesla you can have it stuffed and mounted in your living room.

  2. ffbj says:

    Useful if you are wearing suede. Does anyone even wear suede anymore?

  3. Cerio says:

    Great news for people made of sugar! Of course, one must plan meticulously ahead of time where to park ones vehicle to make use of this killer feature.
    Too bad they don’t make these – what were they called – umbrellas? – no more. 😀

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Yes, definitely recommended for those who, like the Wicked Witch of the West, will melt away like brown sugar (the analogy used in the book, not the movie) when a bucket of water is thrown on you.

      1. ffbj says:

        Just my innate skeptic. Why is there a bucket of water sitting around when everything is made of stone? What if she is out flying around and a storm comes up?

  4. evcarnut says:

    It’s Just too Kool*

  5. Driverguy01 says:

    Summon feature does not make sense unless the car can plug and unplug itself. Be it with the aid of the snake or wireless, Tesla needs to make a choice and offer a solution to this problem. Of course, my preference would be 6.6 Kwh wireless for home charging which would be sufficient for overnight everyday charging where a 10% loss would be next to nothing.
    I’m sure Elon will eventually give in and provide wireless as an option but until then, Summon is seriously handicaped.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Summon is virtually useless, you say? Well, that depends on what you intend to use Summon for.

      If you’re in a parking lot, you can let everyone (including the driver) exit the car before using Summon to drive the car into the stall. That is especially useful when there’s a tight parking space.

      Another use would be at home, especially when you have passengers, to allow everyone to enter or exit the car outside the garage, where there’s plenty of room and you don’t need to worry about an opening door hitting something, and everyone can enter the house thru the front door instead of thru the garage. When returning home, after everyone gets out, use Summon to pull the car into the garage, while the driver follows on foot to plug it in.

      But the scenario in the video above seems staged, rather than a real-world use. How many times is the car gonna be parked where it only needs to pull directly forward 50′ or so to pick you up under a portico keeping the rain off?

      Summon will have to be upgraded, and integrated with Autosteer, to allow a car to pull out of its parking place, steer thru a parking lot while avoiding all obstacles and pedestrians, and maneuver up to where the driver (or whoever is holding the car’s fob) is standing, before it’s really useful.

      The “It won’t plug the car in when it’s parked” problem isn’t something that Summon can solve. That’s a separate problem, and will have to be solved separately, either with Tesla’s “solid metal snake” robotic arm, or more likely using wireless charging.

      Here’s a prediction: Wireless charging will be available for the Model ≡, probably as an option rather than standard equipment.

    2. None says:

      Having a 10% loss on 6.6 kW charge rate is equal to losing 660 watts each hour of charging.
      The energy wasted during a 0-100% charge would be equal to running 66 Qty of 10 watt LED bulbs in your house…..for nearly 15 hours straight. That is a LOT of power!

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        I agree; I don’t like the efficiency loss with wireless charging. But people find convenience worth paying for, and I doubt that the average car buyer is gonna let a 10-15% inefficiency stop them from buying and using wireless charging.

        In other words: I don’t advocate mass adoption of wireless charging, but I think it’s inevitable that the market will go that way.

  6. scottf200 says:

    “Backing your car out of the garage by itself seems a bit trivial” … I’ve seen several example youtube of people with really tight garages (older house, et) where it made perfect sense. In these case, when it is in its final parking location you do need to have room to plug it in, of course.

  7. R.S says:

    Quarter mile summon times please! I know it doesn’t go that far, but if someone could walk it to the quarter mile…

  8. michfin says:

    I have yet to find a real world reason to use summon on my car except to spook people.

  9. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Cool, I can use that feature.