Watch a Tesla Model S Drive Itself to Its Owner
Tesla introduced a new feature with its Version 7.1 software update that lets you pilot your car right out of your garage without needing to be behind the wheel. It's called Summon, and this video demonstrates exactly how the autonomous system works. It's all handled through a simple smartphone app, which will let you get out of the car and then set the car to park itself in your garage. In the morning, you can call the car back out to meet you when you're ready to go to work. RELATED: See Photos of the 2014 Saleen Tesla Model S Prototype
The idea behind Summon isn't to drive your car through parking lots and complicated turns. It only drives in forward and reverse. You can stop the car at any time or it will stop itself if it detects an obstacle.
This could really come in handy in tight parking spots when it's impossible to open your door to get out of your car. It could also get you out of trouble if someone parks too close and makes it impossible for you to slip back behind the wheel. It's the first iteration of the system, so look to see it become increasingly more capable over time.
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