Teslas can now park themselves – but forget the “Look ma, no hands!” stunts

Tesla Model S

Tesla vehicles’ Autopilot capabilities continue to improve, as the company constantly analyzes driver data and tweaks the software.

Tesla has just released an over-the-air software update that gives the Model S and Model X the ability to park themselves, and even meet you at your front door when summoned.

And this is just the beginning, says Elon Musk – in a couple of years, you’ll be able to summon your Tesla not only from your breakfast table, but from across the country.

Musk tweeted:

First baby step in Tesla Summon capability now downloading over-the-air with V7.1

Tap your phone or key and your car will open the garage door, exit, close the door and come to you. Will do same in reverse for unsummon.

in ~2 years, summon should work anywhere connected by land & not blocked by borders, eg you’re in LA and the car is in NY

Tesla has asked customers to test the new feature on private property, and S and X owners have posted videos showing how it works.

The same update that enabled this handy feature apparently disabled some dangerous ones. Since Autopilot was released, some users, in the true spirit of “ruining it for everybody,” have posted videos of themselves performing various hair-raising hijinks (Musk says he is unaware of any actual accidents caused by these shenanigans).

Tesla has responded to the dopey daredevils by adding some limits to hands-free operation. Some Autopilot functions will now be restricted on residential roads or roads without a center divider, and the vehicle will not be allowed to drive faster than five miles over the speed limit.

Musk told reporters that Tesla’s Autopilot system, which uses cameras, radar and mapping to keep the car in its lane, is “probably better than human at this point in highway driving.”

 

Source: @elonmusk, Marketwatch, Reuters, CNBC, Washington Post