Tesla Model S Gets Software Update 7.1 – Summon Your Car

2 years ago by Mark Kane 9

Tesla Autopilot - Autosteer

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Tesla in the garage

Tesla released a new 7.1 firmware update for Model S and Model X, which brings new features and improves upon some existing features of the Tesla Autopilot package.

The BIG new feature is summoning the car (beta), which can park in the garage or exit garage autonomously, including opening and closing the garage through HomeLink.

All you need to do is press the key fob.

Other updates are:

  • Autosteer
  • Autopark (now also perpendicular is possible)
  • improved HomeLink
  • real-time Supercharger availability
  • auto-adjusting brightness for the center touchscreen
  • instrument cluster visualization is improved
  • and more

Tesla CEO Elon Musk put out a few Tweets on 7.1:

Elon Musk Tweets On 7.1

Elon Musk Tweets On 7.1

Full details can be found here thanks to AutoblogGreen.

Tesla released a brief blog post on 7.1. It’s reproduced in its entirety below:

Summon Your Tesla from Your Phone

Last Fall, Tesla Version 7.0 software introduced a range of new Autopilot active safety and convenience features to give you more confidence behind the wheel, increase your safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable. The release of Tesla Version 7.1 software continues our improvements to self-driving technology. This release expands Autopilot functionality and introduces the first iteration of Summon.

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.

The release of Tesla Version 7.1 software is the next step toward developing fully autonomous driving capabilities and delivering them through over-the-air software updates, keeping our customers at the forefront of driving technology in the years ahead.

Video demonstrations:

Tesla AutoPark V7.1 – Summon Feature

“Tesla AutoPark in and out of garage with auto open/close garage door.”

Tesla Summon Settings and Reverse AutoPark into Garage

“Tesla AutoPark in reverse and summon settings.”

Tesla V 7.1.2.9.154 software – Summoning out of garage

“This is a first attempt. We lined up the car in the garage in the same way we would have if we were going to park it ourselves because it’s a very narrow opening, especially as compared to the width of the Model S.

Unedited, complete with goofy commentary. Enjoy!”

Tesla V 7.1.2.9.154 software – Auto parking inside a narrow garage

“This car never ceases to amaze!”

Tesla Model S 7.1 Summon Exit

Note that the system doesn’t always work correctly and there are some asterisks as Tesla can’t account for all obstacles that could be in the way in garage (bicycles, skateboards, etc.).

Tesla Model S 7.1 Summon Enter

“Summon was able to open the garage door, however was got hung up on the lip into my garage. I restarted it when it paused for the lip, and it entered correctly. It may have worked if I had been more patient.”

Summon doesn’t work too well in the open space:

Tesla V 7.1.2.9.154 software – Practicing for auto summoning – Forward

“Remotely control the car with no occupants using the fob. Intended for auto-summoning from a garage or auto parking into the garage.”

“Excuse goofy commentary.”

Tesla V 7.1.2.9.154 software – Practicing for auto summoning – Reverse

“Remotely control the car with no occupants using the fob. Intended for auto-summoning from a garage or auto parking into the garage.

Unedited first time experience with this feature – excuse goofy commentary.

Source: Teslarati

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9 responses to "Tesla Model S Gets Software Update 7.1 – Summon Your Car"

  1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Well, I knew for at least this initial release, Tesla would limit Autopark in some way. I knew that, for example, it wouldn’t be able to have the car drive around in a mall parking lot until it found an empty stall all on its own.

    So the limitation is that you must position the car within 33 feet of the actual intended parking place, then you push buttons on the remote to tell the car to drive forward or back into the parking space.

    Also interesting to see what limitations Tesla has put on people using Autosteer on roads with two-way traffic. AutoblogGreen’s article says that Tesla does not try to stop you from using Autosteer on such roads, but that it will restrict speed to no more than 5 MPH above the road’s speed limit.

    Note this indicates that the “Autopilot” navigator can tell when you’re on a divided road and when you’re not, or at least that Tesla thinks it can.

    I’d be fascinated to see an article on how this is all implemented. I presume the navigation system has sufficient data on every single public road in the USA to know where the divided roads are… and aren’t. Sounds like a lot of data, but I guess it’s pretty normal for most or all in-car navigation systems to have that much info.

  2. Anon says:

    The most desired and long awaited feature, is the real-time SuperCharger Network Status.

    Want to see the updated snakebot charger…

  3. Driverguy01 says:

    now all it needs is wireless charging 🙂

    1. M Hovis says:

      It’s rare that I am not drinking the Tesla Kool aide, but I have to agree with you driverguy01 that wireless is better than the Tesla snake. For big battery charging, I have to say that I like the option to plug in, but this one is where Tesla needs to adopt a standard with everybody else for parking garages etc. Not going to argue superior/inferior, you just gotta follow a standard. Fortunately, that doesn’t really exist yet,but rest assured IMO, it will be wireless.

    2. Disclosure: I work for Plugless. The 6.6kW Plugless system for Tesla will begin its rollout very, VERY soon. All indications are that the “snake” will be developed for supercharging first and it’s some time out.

  4. sveno says:

    Looks like it won’t be long till you can make your own Bond or Knight Rider!

  5. Doug B says:

    Tesla working to reduce delivery fees for new owners :O)

  6. Ken says:

    Its 30 plus years later, but i can almost say, “KITT, meet me around back” into my apple watch and a car might actually come to meet me. Can i please have my hoverboard from Back to the Future 2 now? And its 2016, where is my flying car?

    1. Mister G says:

      I’m afraid that flying cars and humans will not mix well resulting in a lot of dead humans on a daily basis.