| 1 MINUTE READ

Tesla to Upgrade Remote Control “Summon” Feature

Tesla Inc. plans to introduce an advanced version of its Summon feature by year-end that will allow users to operate their vehicle remotely in certain situations via a smartphone app.
#tech #Tesla

Share

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

Tesla Inc. plans to introduce an advanced version of its Summon feature by year-end that will allow users to operate their vehicle remotely in certain situations via a smartphone app.

Launched in early 2016, Summon currently can be used to move a Tesla vehicle a short distance, such as guiding it into or out of a tight parking space.

With the upgrade, owners will be able to summon a vehicle to their location. CEO Elon Musk says cars will follow owners “like a pet” if the Summon button is held down.

Owners also can operate a vehicle like a big remote-controlled car, as long as it stays within a line of sight of the person with the smartphone, according to Musk.

Additional improvements are planned for next year that will allow owners to use Summon to command their vehicle to drive itself to find an empty parking space. The cars will be able to read signs to confirm a spot is valid, then complete the maneuver, Musk says.

The enhancements will be made through over-the-air software upgrades on vehicles equipped with Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system and second-generation hardware unit.

RELATED CONTENT

  • Bill Gates Meets LiDAR

    While there is a burgeoning proliferation of companies that are in the LiDAR space, each with its own take on utilizing laser pulses to create a precise map of its surroundings for purposes of ADAS or full-blown automation, a Seattle-based company has a distinction that certainly sets it apart from its competitors.

  • Creating the 2017 Buick LaCrosse

    The Buick LaCrosse has been Buick’s top-line car since it was introduced in 2004 as a 2005 model sedan.

  • Smoke and Mirrors

    When you think of complex, highly technical devices that you use every day in your car—in fact, possibly as much as three to 10 times per minute—you probably don’t think of your rearview mirror.