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:
- 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
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
January 10, 2016
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.
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 22.214.171.124.154 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 126.96.36.199.154 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 188.8.131.52.154 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 184.108.40.206.154 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.