A couple of Tesla Model 3 owners who recently received the Enhanced Summon update have shared footage of the vehicles using the newly-released feature. The videos provided show that Enhanced Summon is incredibly basic in its current state, but the short demonstrations hint at the massive potential of the improved feature nonetheless.
Elon Musk mentioned earlier this week which Enhanced Summon is already rolling out to the first group of Tesla owners. The feature was teased by Musk for months, together with the CEO hinting at capabilities such as a “remote control mode” and a “follow” option which will enable owners to have their electric cars follow along like a pet. Among these capabilities, possibly the most notable is that the electric cars’ capability to maneuver around in a parking lot entirely on their own.
Videos shared on YouTube by Model 3 owners show the electrical sedan doing just that, navigating themselves from a parking spot to their owners, even though in a remarkably deliberate manner. While skeptics might criticize the feature in its current state as a result of its limited speed and effective range, it ought to be noted that the current iteration of Enhanced Summon is the worst it will be, as improvements to the feature will be rolled out in the long run through over-the-air updates.
When Elon Musk initially mentioned improvements to Summon last year, he noted that the update would start using Autopilot cameras instead of the ultrasonic sensors which were utilized in the feature’s initial iterations. This makes the feature in line with the CEO’s stance on full self-driving cars, which suggests that artificial intelligence and cameras can be used as a primary means to navigate. Musk has grand plans for the Autopilot camera-driven Summon, saying that in the not too distant future, a Tesla “should have the ability to drive around a parking lot, find a vacant spot, read signs to confirm it’s valid & park. ”
For those unfamiliar, this uses Tesla Autopark/Summon. Slightly smarter version hopefully ready shortly. By next year, a Tesla should have the ability to drive around a parking lot, find a vacant spot, read signs to confirm it’s valid & park.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2018
Similar to the rollout of features like Sentry Mode, Tesla is expected to refine Enhanced Summon with a small group of owners prior to rolling out the capacity en masse. After the bugs are addressed, eligible electric car owners may expect to see Enhanced Summon on their own vehicles.
Watch the first demonstrations of Enhanced Summon in action in the videos below.
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