Elon Musk's Tesla Motors announced Tesla Version 7.1 software update on Sunday.
Elon Musk does not know the concept of weekends. On Sunday Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors team unveiled a new update for the Tesla Model S and Model X cars that adds Summon.
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Summon is a new feature that automatically parks a Tesla car in a garage. Tesla's Summon Autopilot feature can open your garage door, enter your garage, park itself, and shut down.
Owners can "Summon" their Tesla the next day to come out of the garage. Tesla says that Summon eliminates the burden of having to squeeze in and out of tight parking spots.
Summon launches as beta. During the beta stage of Summon, Tesla asks its customers to test the new Summon feature only on private property. Update: There are already videos showing the Summon feature in action. It is bloody boring to watch as the Tesla drives extremely slow. The feature only makes sense if you have something else to do in the meantime. If not just drive yourself to save some time.
Tesla foresees that your Tesla will be able to drive anywhere across the country to meet you, charging itself along the way. It will synch with your calendar to know exactly when to arrive. Elon Musk added on Twitter: "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."
That is certainly a cool future for Tesla owners, but my guess is that "~2 years" is too optimistic. Tesla says that the release of Tesla Version 7.1 software is the next step toward developing fully autonomous driving capabilities.
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Elon Musk has another Sunday event coming. On January 17, his private space company SpaceX has another Falcon 9 mission scheduled. SpaceX tries again to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship. This has failed already twice. In December, SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground after delivering a series of satellites into orbit.