People Are Posting Videos of Close Calls with Tesla’s New Smart Summon Feature – Car and Driver

As if Tesla owners haven't made enough news with the EV company's Autopilot technology by leaving their hands off the wheel for minutes at a time, dozing off at highway speeds, ramming into emergency vehicles, and dying in accidents, the latest Tesla software update has already prompted videos of driverless cars nearly hitting other cars in parking lots.

Smart Summon is the newest beta feature that Tesla deploys on customers who willingly try out its unfinished software in ways the company could never get away with doing by itself. As part of Version 10.0, Smart Summon uses the Tesla app to start and drive a car at low speed to wherever the mobile device is located, using all the same sensors as Autopilot does to self-navigate, brake, steer, and accelerate. Over the weekend since it launched, Tesla owners have filmed their cars in parking lots with no one behind the wheel as if they were two-ton Roombas.

In some cases, it has worked out well. Just look at this man running repeatedly toward a moving Tesla during Summon.

How about this, in a storm? This is one of Tesla's suggestions for Smart Summon, the "perfect feature to use if you have an overflowing shopping cart, are dealing with a fussy child, or simply dont want to walk to your car through the rain."

It does seem to be really perfect.

Others say it's a "little spastic, but very exciting and fun!"

It's also fun to scare reasonable people for no reason.

In other cases, cars have backed into other cars . . .

Nearly clipped oncoming cars . . .

Or hit themselves.

Sometimes, Smart Summon can't figure out what to do.

But it doesn't matter. Perhaps Tesla, in its tweet on Thursday, explains why it would pass off something so unfinished and problematic as a product.

"Where have you parked your Tesla? But also, who cares?"

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