Tesla Adds “Enhanced Summon” Feature That Will Let Cars Locate Owners in Parking Lots


Tesla Motors is now adding a feature of "Enhanced Summon" to locate their car in a middle of a cramped parking space / Photo by: Tumbenhaur via Wikimedia Commons


As parts of its autopilot features roll out, Tesla has begun to introduce the “Enhanced Summon” functionality that aims to put the days of drivers worryingly trying to locate their cars in overcrowded parking lots to rest.

The feature, which The Drive reports, is actually one of the most anticipated in Tesla’s Autopilot Full Self-Driving software suite. It is described by the company as a “parking assist feature that helps you bring your car toward you or toward the destination of your choice by navigating out of parking spaces and maneuvering around objects as necessary.”

Although the common complaint on the feature, which has actually been around in some of the more recent Tesla models, is that it limits car speed at three miles an hour.

That’s probably the best thing for now since most autopilot driving tests show that self-driving cars that won’t hit pedestrians without actual human drivers are far from coming into fruition. Instead, Tesla wants to complete an adjacent project under the autopilot umbrella at the very least, which is, of course, the Enhanced Summon feature.

Prior to its public release, Musk even said that the company has allowed for the Enhanced Summon feature to work for cars and owners as long as the owners are within 150 feet of their vehicle so that their cars can follow them around in navigating a parking lot.

What this tells us is that Tesla is at least willing to continue working toward an autopilot system that will eventually enable cars to “navigate complex parking lots,” as stated by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It’s a worthy goal, and one that Musk says is in Tesla’s docket as it works toward eventually developing truly autonomous cars that are capable of self-driving by the end of 2019.