Tesla Releases Official Autopilot Summon Video

1 year ago by Electric CarsTV 44

Just days ago, Tesla released software 7.1 for the Model S and Model X.

The headline feature of 7.1 is the ability to summon your car.

We’ve already seen tons of owner-made videos that showcase the new summon feature, but now Tesla has released an official video showing how it all works.

That's One Pristine Garage

That’s One Pristine Garage

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44 responses to "Tesla Releases Official Autopilot Summon Video"

  1. Alan says:

    Does anyone else on here have a garage that clean & empty !

    1. vdiv says:

      Seriously! Also when “the weather outside is frightful” why would I want to get in or out of my car outside of the garage?

      1. Alex says:

        When your garage is so full of stuff you can’t access it 😉

        1. ThombdBhomb says:

          You still need to go into the garage and plug in your car.

          1. goaterguy says:

            My commute is 24 miles so I can ride a few days without charging. I also charge at work.
            It’s nice when you have a garage full of stuff or two cars and can’t open your doors. No door dents!

            1. Josh says:

              That is pretty crazy. It would be more useful in public parking when somebody parks to close.

          2. That’s what the “slightly creepy” snake is for.

      2. MDEV says:

        I just used in my thigh parking spot of my condominium, works great.

  2. Sri says:

    There is a problem here, TSLA may have solution down the road but,

    1. Summon is not best, when you have charger plugged in

    2. If you are using Summon to park your car, you have to enter the garage and manually plugin

    So, why would they announce now, instead of in tandem with the snake charger?

    The answer is Detroit Auto Show, Elon & co could not let other automakers have their day under the media.

    1. goaterguy says:

      1. Duh
      2. Normally you don’t plug a car with over 200 miles range every day the same way you don’t fill up your tank every day.
      3. Because they are two different things
      4. So?

    2. Alan says:

      Does the Tesla actually still work if it’s charger is plugged in ?

      My Outlander PHEV knows when it’s still plugged in and and will not let you drive it.

      1. Anon says:

        Yeah, even my 2008 Segway does not activate the drive motors if plugged in…

        Wondering when Tesla will add HaLow to their vehicles.

  3. kdawg says:

    How does it know where to go? Meaning, does it go towards the Keyfob, or to a pre-determined spot? Will it park in the garage if you leave it in the street?

    1. Doug B says:

      and,
      Does it autofold the mirrors for tight locations.
      Does it open the door for you after you summon if your standing right next to it.
      Do you have to park facing the garage, can it reverse in.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      kdawg asked:

      “How does it know where to go? Meaning, does it go towards the Keyfob, or to a pre-determined spot? Will it park in the garage if you leave it in the street?”

      In this introductory stage, this is a very limited app. All it will do is drive the car directly forward or back up to a maximum of 33 feet. You push buttons on the key fob to tell the car to go forward or back into a parking spot, and the car senses if there is a solid barrier so it knows where to stop.

      Rather far from replacing a parking valet!

      1. kdawg says:

        Ah ok. Why even bother releasing it now? I guess they can collect a lot of data this way.

  4. What everyone else calls “auto park” Tesla calls “summons”.

    There is one thing that Tesla does much, much better than any other automaker…

  5. Again, a videos with a giant hall parking garage proofs, that Tesla is only a toy company for the super rich.

    1. John says:

      I am not super rich. I don’t have a Tesla, and I don’t know why you would assume that I do seeing that I have 12 ft ceilings in my garage… They’re pretty common. Why the negativity?

    2. Get Real says:

      The negativity from CSC is because he is a serial Tesla/Musk hater and also constantly shows his bias against American auto companies in general.

      He probably has a reason for his bias and I bet he is a European employee of a European auto company or supplier that considers all American products to be a rival and threat to his income.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Or maybe he’s just a short-selling troll.

        1. Get Real says:

          If he is a short then he must be short on all the American auto companies because he routinely degraded them all.

    3. MDEV says:

      Yes I hate Rolls Royce videos be I’m not rich :/. Now let me cry.

  6. Rudy Clarke says:

    Hmmm, let me ask a stupid question. What if my garage entrance is at the side of my house and I want to summon the car to my front door around the 90 angle? Would the car be able to navigate that?

    1. John says:

      I would assume (once the car becomes self-aware) that it would navigate the corner better than us pesky humans.

      1. Someone out there says:

        Self-aware? Wow, that would certainly be an impressive feat!

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Since the car will pull forward or backwards a maximum of 33 feet with this app, it doesn’t seem to matter much that it’s not set up to go around corners.

      I was hoping the Autopark/Summon feature would have a mode where it would “memorize” the steps you took to go from point A to point B, so it would be able to retrace that route automatically. We can hope for that in the future, but this is much more limited.

      1. Vexar says:

        Every Model S (and I mean every) is sending GPS data back to the mother ship Big Data server. If you’re the first Model S to drive through Pineville, Kentucky, guess what? You’re the pioneer there for Tesla. Your data is recorded. Whatever you did there, visit a friend, drive up to see the local tourist attraction, navigate the only signal in town, you added to the collective data.
        I’d wager the 33′ distance has to do with Bluetooth range.

      2. kdawg says:

        I think it would be better to have some pre-stored positions and the car would use GPS and landmarks to locate/navigate to the positions. This seems more reliable than memorizing steps.

        So you could have “Garage 1”, “Garage 2”, “Work”, “Street”, “Temp 1”, “Temp 2” and then just pick which spot you want the car to go w/a phone app. The temp locations would be used when you get dropped off somewhere and the car goes to park itself. As you exit the vehicle (say at a restaurant) you would store that spot as Temp1. Temp2 could be a location that the restaurant has pre-loaded on the web, for available parking spots. Or one’s that Tesla has preloaded from other users. After your meal is done, you tell the car to return to Temp1.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Not saying you’re wrong, but remember GPS isn’t nearly accurate enough for what’s needed here. Yes, if the radar/sonar system can spot landmarks whose shape and location are stored in memory — that is, landmarks it can “recognize” — then this could allow the car to navigate by itself in situation where inches matter… such as driving into a garage or a tight parking space, or making sure it doesn’t scrape that concrete post at the corner of the house.

          But if you want to tell the car that you want it to go from here to there, say from the driveway closest to your home’s front door to inside the garage, and back again, then there needs to be some way of storing that route in the car’s computer memory. It seems the easiest way to do that would be for the driver to put the car in “learning” mode, and drive it where he wants the car to go. Then the Model S only has to repeat the steps, while using radar/sonar to make sure it doesn’t hit any solid obstacles.

          Not the only way, but it seems that would be faster and easier than programming in, for example: “Drive 36 ft. at compass heading 246, then turn to compass heading 137, engage the garage door opener, then drive forward 73 feet.”

  7. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Here are Tesla’s “Release Notes” which more fully describe use of the Autopark/Summon feature:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/295038756/Tesla-Software-7-1-Release-Notes-US

  8. Someone out there says:

    And this is why we need wireless charging

  9. Someone out there says:

    Is Tesla going to start selling Tesla-compatible garage doors now?

    1. goaterguy says:

      Have you heard of Homelink?

      1. Someone out there says:

        I have not

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Our Chrysler Town & Country minivan had the ability to memorize, and reliably reproduce, the signal from our garage door opener. It had that tech several years ago.

      This isn’t exactly cutting-edge tech, and I presume all Tesla cars have that as standard equipment.

  10. Pete says:

    After the 60 kWh Bolt and Leaf 2018 also getting 60 kWh Tesla must release a battery upgrade over the air ! 🙂 70 kWh are the new middle class but no luxury sedan.
    Look in the insideevs miles per Dollar chart where Tesla is now the leader but after Bolt the looser.
    Tesla 270 – 300 Dollar per mile
    BOLT 150 Dollar per mile !!
    Leaf 2 130 Dollar per mile!

  11. Priusmaniac says:

    Christine is alife !

  12. Driverguy01 says:

    I love Tesla to death, but they really, really got to come around 6.6Kw wireless charging for daily use, otherwise IMO this feature is next to useless. I have been using the Plugless system for 2 years now and there is no way my next car, most probably a M3, won’t have wireless Charging, no way!

    1. Don’t worry DriverGuy01 – our Tesla 6.6kW Plugless is rolling out very, very soon.

      1. Phr3d says:

        Hi Steve,

        sorry, gotta ask, what kinda’ time are we talking for AC 6.6 20-100% on a battery the size of the MS?

        The Volt, hell yeah, savin’ my pennies, but the Tesla?

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      It will be interesting to see if Tesla moves to wireless charging tech, or if they try to stick with the “solid metal snake” robot arm that plugs in.

      Wireless charging would seem to be less likely to malfunction, particularly in publicly accessible locations where the robotic arm could be the victim of vandalism.

      On the other hand, wireless charging is by necessity less efficient (physics = reality) than charging thru a plug, so I question that wireless charging is really what most EV owners want at home.

      A great deal will depend on which system is cheaper to install, and which is more reliable.

      1. Priusmaniac says:

        There is also a third way, secured contacts on a plastic bumper automatically connected through the use of under the car contacts on flexible supports. The car comes above the bumper and the flexible contacts touch the inox contacts. A security protocol control the power delivery. Cheap, 100% efficient, applicable everywhere at low cost. No wires in the way, nothing to vandalize, no electromagnetic radiation.