One of the most exciting things about Tesla is their continued work on autonomous driving features. Unfortunately, they don’t tend to be super useful. Smart Summon might seem cool, but it doesn’t really add any convenience and is not without its issues. Tesla reverse summon could become the first actually useful autonomous driving feature, allowing your car to drop you off and park itself.
Don’t we already have Autopark?
A lot of the confusion around reverse summon comes from the fact that Tesla’s can already park themselves. While driving slowly near a parking spot you can press a button and your car can easily pull into a parking spot or parallel park for you. This can be very useful for drivers who aren’t as comfortable pulling into a tight spot.
Autopark is a standard feature of Tesla’s. You’ll be able to use Autopark on a Tesla Model 3 or Tesla Model Y. But there’s one major thing holding back Autopark. You need to drive your car into position to start Autopark. That means for experienced drivers Autopark is just a slower, more finicky way to do what they can do themselves.
While Autopark is neat, Reverse Summon is a game-changer. Reverse Summon will allow your car to drop you off and then go find a spot to park itself. This could be massively helpful for those with limited mobility and makes Smart Summon useful as well.
When are we getting Tesla Reverse Summon?
If you’ve seen videos of Smart Summon you should know there’s a lot of work to be done before Reverse Summon could ever function. There are plenty of examples of Telsa’s running into parked cars while using Smart Summon. Elon Musk says they’re working on rewriting the core of autopilot functionality to make Reverse Summon possible.
We hope this rewrite comes soon because Reverse Summon on a new Tesla Model Y sounds awesome. This update to autopilot will likely come with a mountain of new features, eventually working towards fully autonomous city driving.
Elon says this update is coming soon, but we should take that with a grain of salt. Tesla had promised full self-driving by the end of 2019, and right now we’re nowhere near that. This update could massively improve the functionality of autopilot. It could also take months before they realize they’re underestimated the task yet again.
I’m hopeful that Tesla is able to push this feature out soon. Their estimates for production have gotten better, even delivering the Model Y months ahead of time. But they haven’t been able to meet similar goals for autopilot. Hopefully, their time reworking the autopilot system bears fruit. But until we can see the work they’ve done all we can do is wait.