Tesla’s Latest Software Update Brings New Summon Features (w/video)


On February 17, Tesla started rolling out a new software update focused mostly on enhancing Summon features on Tesla’s Model S & X.

Here’s a look at the release notes for the update (Version 7.1 2.12.22), with a video on the subject published by YouTuber Mark Schey above:

Summon Improvements

With this release, Summon has been enhanced with a new activation mode and additional customization options to make the feature easier to adjust to your parking situation. You can access these additional settings by tapping the CUSTOMIZE button in Controls > Settings > Driver Assistance > AUTOPARK.

New Summon Features

New Summon Features

Customizing Summon

You can now specify how Summon operates whenever it parks or retrieves your vehicle:

BUMPER CLEARANCE: Specify how close Model S gets to obstacles directly in front of or behind the vehicle when moving into a parking space.
SIDE CLEARANCE: Allow Model S to enter and exit very narrow parking spaces.
SUMMON DISTANCE: Specify the distance Model S travels when backing out of a parking space.
USE HOMELINK: Select the garage door Summon should operate when there is a multi-door garage.
New Activation Mode for Summon

Summon has a new mode that requires you to press and hold a button in the Tesla mobile app to operate the feature. This mode is enabled by default.

You can disable this mode by selecting NO for the REQUIRE CONTINUOUS PRESS setting. When you do so, more convenient ways to park and retrieve your vehicle become available:

Automatically initiate Autopark after you exit the vehicle: Simply double-press the Park button on the end of the gear selector and a pop-up will appear on the touchscreen that displays the direction Model S will move after you exit the vehicle. You can change the direction Model S will travel by tapping the other arrow. Press the CANCEL button on the pop-up to cancel Autopark.

Continuous Press Description

Continuous Press Description

Autopark or retrieve Model S with a single tap of the button in the Tesla mobile app.

Use the key fob to Autopark or retrieve Model S: Press and hold the center button on the key fob until the hazard lights flash continuously. While the hazard lights are flashing, press the frunk button once on the key fob to drive Model S forward into the parking space or the trunk button once on the key fob to back Model S into the parking space. Model S will move up to 39 feet or until the sensors detect an obstacle, at which point parking is considered completed and the car will shift to Park.


These Summon enhancements require the use of an updated Tesla mobile app, available soon for iOS (v2.7.2) and Android (v2.7.3).

With this software update, Summon has been turned off for those customers who have previously enabled it. Since the operation of Summon is changing with this release, you must review the informational pop-up before using Summon.

Model S may not detect certain obstacles, including those that are very narrow (e.g., bikes), lower than the fascia, or hanging from the ceiling. As such, Summon requires that you continually monitor your vehicle’s movement and surroundings while it is in progress, and that you remain prepared to stop the vehicle at any time using the Tesla mobile app, by pressing any button on the key fob, or by pressing any Model S door handle.

Using Summon in narrow spaces or to control HomeLink increases the risk of damage to your vehicle. Using Summon in narrow spaces increases the risk of damage to your vehicle.
Additional Improvements

Regenerative braking at low temperatures has been improved.

The Creep setting is now saved to Driver Profiles.

We bolded one section above that was applied by Tesla in response to Consumer Reports’ finding that Summon Mode could potentially be dangerous.

Almost immediately upon release of this software update, a video overview (see above) of the latest Summon features appeared on YouTube with this video description:

“Overview of the latest Summon Features in 7.1 (2.12.22). My favorite new feature is the ability to double-click the park button and simply get out of the car to automatically park the car in your garage. No keyfob or app required. It just works. I also demonstrate how you can adjust the “Summon Distance” if you want the car to stop before the default of 39 feet. This is great for shorter driveways. I also address the concerns (based on what was said by Consumer Reports) about requiring a button in the app to be held down the entire time a Summon is in progress. Enjoy!”

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9 Comments on "Tesla’s Latest Software Update Brings New Summon Features (w/video)"

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Tesla is really listening to it’s customers and responding faster than any other car maker! Computer on wheels with continuous updates!

Yea, and I see they are at 602 supercharger stations now with over 6500 spots.

Really nice GUI layout for tweaking the summon feature. What an excellent update for this feature.

Probably took them just over a week to respond to CR’s feedback and incorporate it, then OTA distribution to all their vehicles? No dealer visits or product downtime.

Who else does that in the automotive industry? NO ONE!

It makes me wonder how GM will handle BOLT firmware updates?

Even though Tesla is way overhyped, I have to admit, they are impressive in their rollout of updated software. Admittedly, though the focus does appear to be primarily on autopilot equipped cars these days so all of those cars built in 2012, 2013 and probably most of 2014 don’t get these capabilities (something many people neglect to mention). Regardless, very impressive overall.

Regenerative Breaking Improvements at Low Temp, were also part of the update…

Yes, but we still do get updates. Recently, there was a nice update on the windshield auto speed logic. Also, the automatic garage door opening on arrival and closing on departure was really nice. Tesla definitely updates what they can for the older vehicles.

yes, clearly they’re way overhyped. That’s why they have such ridiculously high customer satisfaction and retention scores.

Seems like they actually took some time to develop and tweak a nice Summon interface for this update rather than just tacking it on to another update. Good for them.

“Model S may not detect certain obstacles, including those that are very narrow (e.g., bikes), lower than the fascia, or hanging from the ceiling.”

Glad to see Tesla is giving us info about the limitations of its sensor system. This addresses why, in the recently announced Consumer Reports test, a Model S failed to detect either a bicycle or a duffle bag placed in front of the car.

Too bad Tesla did so only after CR pointed out the problems.

Looks like Tesla needs to add a sensor which will detect things on the ground close to the front of the car; an area which apparently is is below the sensor sweep cone (area) of the front-facing radar.

The “won’t detect thin things like bicycles” situation seems to be a more fundamental problem.

P.S. — I had to look up how the term “fascia” is currently used by auto manufacturers. According to Wikipedia: “…now increasingly used as a general term for a car’s set of front-end components: grille, headlamps, front bumper, and other details.” Rather far from the original meaning of the word!