Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk has said that in a few years time, the Summon feature that allows Tesla electric cars to drive a short distance to its driver, will work from as far as the other side of a continent.
That’s thousands of kilometres, a far sight further than what is currently possible, or even desirable, and extends the meaning of “summon” to far beyond what it is now commonly used for – to allow your electric Tesla car open and leave your garage automatically or meet you in a large parking lot saving you the hassle of finding it.
The founder and CEO made the comment in response to a post by a Tesla car owner on social media site Twitter, thanking Tesla for saving him fro stepping through a puddle to get in his car.
— Rodney Hansen (@RodneyHansen) November 26, 2018
Musk replied that in a few years, Tesla cars would do much better than that.
“You can summon your Tesla from your phone. Only short distances today, but in a few years summon will work from across the continent,” he said.
You can summon your Tesla from your phone. Only short distances today, but in a few years summon will work from across the continent. https://t.co/Xcj67ajZ8H
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 29, 2018
Of course that kind of ability would include being able to locate and drive to a destination or fast charger along the way – somewhat a challenge currently in Australia if you say, needed to summon your car from Perth and you were on the east coast.
Musk had previously announced an advanced Summon over-the-air software upgrade, which is part of Tesla’s autonomous Autopilot feature, would soon be available in late October, adding the ability for the car to follow the driver “like a pet”, and “remotely like a big RC car if in line of sight”.
Also, you’ll be able to drive it from your phone remotely like a big RC car if in line of sight
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2018
We love this idea, but one bright twit made a comment that we love even more: “Imagine the day when you can order your Tesla and it will just drive itself to your house from the factory.”
— HyruleSmasher (@SmasherHyrule) November 29, 2018
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.