UK drivers can now use the 'Summon' feature to make the Model S park itself, or drive to meet its owner

UK owners of the Tesla Model S can now use the company’s ‘Summon’ function, which allows the car to park itself in a garage at the end of the day, or drive itself out to greet you in the morning.

Introduced in the US late last year, a recent change to UK legislation means that the new software can now be used on British soil. As with the semi-autonomous ‘Autopilot’ functionality – and many other upgrades introduced across the Model S’s lifetime – the ‘Summon’ function can be downloaded to owners’ cars over a 3G data network.

Using ‘Summon’ once you arrive home, and providing you’re on private land, the car can be prompted to open your garage door, enter the garage, park itself and shut down. Similarly, in the morning the system will open the garage door and bring the car out to greet you. In broader scenarios, it also eliminates the problem of squeezing into and out of tight parking spots.

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Tesla labels ‘Summon' as being at ‘beta stage’ but says the car will eventually be able to "drive anywhere across the country to meet you, charging itself along the way”. It will also sync with your calendar to know exactly when to arrive. The release of this Version 7.1 software is the next step towards Tesla’s ambitious plans for fully autonomous driving capabilities.

Meanwhile, Tesla’s hotly anticipated Model 3 will be revealed later this month, rivalling the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It is expected to have a range of 200-300 miles and be priced from around £35,000.

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16 March 2016

Great company with great forward thinking EV ideas, but, they seem easily distracted with things like this (what percentage of car owners garage their car anyway), self driving, Falcon doors etc all which cost money and go wrong. If they can concentrate on the basic Telsa 3 it would be out by the end of the year and be fantastic.

 

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16 March 2016

So is new tech in cars making people lazy or are we lazy already and this is what we want? So for Tesla S owners that's another few hundred calories to burn then. Get the Tesla a Fitbit.

16 March 2016

Whether it's drive train tech, range, mind boggling acceleration or high end gadgets, Tesla leads the pack by a mile and a half. No wonder people love it. And I don't mean just the Tesla owners!

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