If auto-assisted parking feels like ancient technology to you, well, the latest operating system of Tesla makes retrieving your Model X or Model S feel almost like you’re casting a spell.
Not even six months after announcing ‘Autopilot’ last October 2015, Tesla has released update 7.1 that improves its autonomous driving features and also adds a new remote parking technology called Summon that can be accessed using an app, the key fob or the door handle.
Tesla says Summon addresses two significant parking concerns. The first being ‘blind spots’ in front, the side and behind that driver-operated vehicles must negotiate.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 900 people were killed and 52,000 injured in the United States along by vehicles backing up between 2008 to 2011.
With Summon, drivers can retrieve their Model S or Model X from a distance, which gives them the perfect vantage point to see if there is any obstacle alive or inanimate that poses a risk of collision.
Aside from driver intervention, Summon also uses ultrasonic sensors all around the vehicle that will immediately stop the vehicle as soon as it detects any object that may come in contact with the vehicle.
Second, is the inconvenience of getting in and out of the vehicle when parked in extremely narrow slots. Summon eliminates door nicks and paint scratches while making it much easier to get passengers and cargo inside the vehicle.
This latest technology from Tesla takes autonomous driving to the next level. Summon safely brings your vehicle to you from its parking slot before Autopilot takes over as you hit the road.