Tesla's newest update lets users control and park their cars from outside the vehicle via smartphone.
Last October, Tesla released an update, Version 7.0, for its Model S and X vehicles that added autonomous features such as self-park, traffic-aware cruise control, and more. Now, the company has released Version 7.1, which includes a feature called "Summon." This addition enables the car to park itself, control garage doors, and even come to greet the driver. "Using Summon," explained Tesla in an official blog post, "once you arrive home and exit Model S or Model X, you can prompt it to do the rest: open your garage door, enter your garage, park itself, and shut down."
This over-the-air update is the next step towards achieving some lofty long-term goals for Tesla. "Eventually," the company continued, "your Tesla will be able to drive anywhere across the country to meet you, charging itself along the way. It will sync with your calendar to know exactly when to arrive." But since Tesla is one of the most ambitious innovators in the autonomous vehicle industry, it is also the first to encounter many issues with on-the-ground use and regulatory concerns. Such issues have caused the company to backpedal on some of the original autonomous features released in Version 7.0, such as Autopilot, after videos of incorrect use and near-misses began to surface. Even so, company CEO Elon Musk stated that he is not currently aware of any accidents involving this software so far.
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