Watch Summon In Action On Tesla Model 3


Here’s a first look at the recently added Summon Mode on the Tesla Model 3.

Not long ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared that Summon Mode was coming for the Model 3 via an over-the-air update. It has arrived and is functional in some owners’ vehicles. Model 3 owner Marc Benton shared a video on YouTube revealing the feature in action. He uses it to show how you can move the car in and out of your garage. This would also prove advantageous in tight parking spots.

Since the Model 3 doesn’t have a key fob, the Summon Mode feature must be initiated using a smartphone with the Tesla app. The technology allows you to move the car in a straight line for up to 40 feet while you’re not in the vehicle.

According to Teslarati, Tesla’s release notes regarding the newly added feature are as follows:

Model 3 can now be summoned in and out of narrow parking spaces using the mobile app. To enable this feature, tap Controls > Autopilot > Summon. To learn how to initiate, cancel, and customize Summon, refer to the Owner’s Manual.

Benton is running Version 8.1 (2018.24.1) firmware. The software update also adds Wi-Fi connectivity and cabin overheat protection, which will assure that the car’s interior never reaches an unsafe temperature.

Musk has mentioned that in the future, there will be a more advanced Summon Mode in all Tesla vehicles. Like many technologies in Tesla cars, it will be updated incrementally over time. Eventually, it may be able to travel greater distances and turn to maneuver around obstacles. However, specifics have not been made official.

Video Description via Marc Benton on YouTube:

This is a video showing the Summon Feature on the Tesla Model 3 version 2018.24.1.

Source: Teslarati


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Self driving remote controlled car?? Woot!!

Not sure if/why the guy customized it this way, but It’d be nice to see the feature in action without the user holding down the button in the app… I found myself worrying that the car would keep moving and crash into something in the garage if he didn’t let go.

He did say in the video that the car is seeing the side of the garage so i’m sure the front sensors will stop it before anything.

So if your garage is tight you just get out of the car and summon it to park itself? That if very useful!

Is the summon feature (for either the Model 3 or S/X) merely “go forwards or backwards” straight-only, like on toy RC cars without steering? What happens if you start the maneuver with the car outside the intended space, but slightly offset from the intended space. Is it not capable of using steering to maneuver inside?
If so, that would seem to have very limited utility — basically only parking in extremely tight spaces where there’s no room to open the driver’s door.

Before it starts moving, it straightens the wheels. Then, as it moves, it detects obstacles and does its own minor steering corrections. However, you can’t “steer” it yourself at this point. It will only go forward and backward, but it will correct when needed. If it can’t avoid an obstacle, it will stop.

This is how we understand it based on many posts we have read about it. Nonetheless, it’s not perfect and there have been situations in which an owner couldn’t stop it in time or it wasn’t able to detect an obstacle. Consumer Reports pointed this out a few years back and Tesla supposedly adjusted the system. It moves very slow to assure that there are not any issues, but nothing is 100 percent foolproof.