Use ‘Smart Summon’ smartly or end up damaging your Tesla like this Model S owner
Although Tesla Smart Summon is one of the most anxiously awaited self-driving features by the Tesla owners and enthusiasts but using it smartly and safely is very important as well.
As soon as a Tesla owner receives the Smart Summon feature, the first priority is to upload the video of the ‘coolest thingy a car can do’, that’s why you can find a ton of Smart Summon videos on YouTube and elsewhere.
In an attempt to show off something cool, some Tesla owners have damaged their Teslas, like the one in the following video, where the Model S owner tried to take their car out of the garage using Smart Summon, where she should have used the Simple or Straight Summon instead.
The owner wrote the following in her video description:
This was an interesting one to explain to my insurance, silly feature cost me time and money.. the video was captured with a nest security camera. Double car driveway with enough room for a left-hand turn where I’m standing. With the car already halfway out of the garage and me not standing behind it, I couldn’t tell a collision was imminent. Regardless, the car chimes to stop about 6 seconds into the video and keeps moving forward. Software bug!
The reality is this wasn’t the ideal or recommended situation to use the newly launched Smart Summon feature which is still evolving and is a beta release right now, the Tesla V10 Smart Summon release notes state:
You are still responsible for your car and must monitor it and its surroundings at all times within your line of sight because it may not detect all obstacles. Be especially careful around quick-moving people., bicycles and cars.
Seems like the owner ignored the instructions and also did not stop the car at the right time to stop further damage, the driver side door was scratched and the rear left passenger door got larger scratches and was torned in part.
Some Tesla owners have also reported minor touch-ups while using Smart Summon, until the self-driving feature gets matured, it should be used with caution.