The software modification is a result of criticism to the safety and reliability of the feature by Consumer Reports.
Tesla will be releasing software modifications for its ‘Summon’ feature. ‘Summon’ the autonomous-driving feature is being updated due to criticism from Consumer Reports.
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The feature was criticized for its safety and reliability issues. Consumer Reports tested the ‘Summon’ feature on the Model S P85D. The magazine concluded the unmodified version of ‘Summon’ posed a minor safety risk.
The ‘Summon’ feature allows a car to enter a garage or parking space and park. It also enables it to pull out of a space and drive to its owner. ‘Summon’ is activated using the key fob or a smartphone app. The ‘Summon’ was launched as part of Tesla's Version 7.1 software update.
According to Consumer Reports, an operator may not be able to stop the car running on ‘Summon’ quickly enough. The car could then then hit an obstacle in its path.
Similarly if the key fob was dropped or the smartphone app was accidentally closed, the car might keep moving. The ‘Summon’ does give a warning saying system may not detect some objects.
Especially objects that are very narrow, or are placed very low or very high. However Consumer Reports did note the slow speeds made the danger relatively small. But still Consumer Reports contacted Tesla Motors.
Tesla responded saying their engineers have created a software fix. The updated will only allow owners to use Summon using the app.
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The users will also have to keep a finger pressed to the screen at all times. According to Tesla Consumer Reports surfaced valid concerns which helped make ‘Summon’ better.