Tesla is developing its Enhanced Summon feature that builds upon its previous self-parking technology. Not only can cars get in and out of parking spots by themselves, but they can now also pick up the driver at a designated nearby spot. The feature is currently in beta, but thanks to a host of YouTube videos, we have a better idea of how it works.
In this video, we can see a Tesla Model 3 autonomously pulling out of a parking space, avoiding other cars, and driving its way to its owner—albeit very slowly.
This next video gives us a more detailed idea of how you can control the car with your phone. You can pin any pickup location on the map within a 150-foot radius of the car, although for those who can walk 150 feet, we’re not entirely sure how it’s all that helpful outside of perhaps neighboring vehicles being parked too close to open the doors. The video also shows that the car will stop when a pedestrian is in the way (don’t try this at home!).
In this next video, we learn that the Model 3 can exhibit a few odd behaviors in Enhanced Summon mode. As seen in the cabin footage, there are some aggressive steering wheel movements while performing the maneuver. Plus, the phone app may show the arrow indicating the car’s direction going backward when it is actually traveling forward. The car only gets up to 3 mph.
This video shows how the feature works in an empty parking lot, driving in the middle of the lane.
Have you ever wondered what happens when more than one Tesla is summoned in the same parking lot? This video shows a group of Tesla owners attempting to summon their cars at the same time.
Check out more Enhanced Summon videos below. And if you want to see Teslas autonomously navigating on the highway, with a safety driver behind the wheel, head here for Tesla’s full-self driving video.