It was fast. Just days after Tesla released Smart Summon in broad release, a Twitter user claimed it caused him to slam his car against the side of his garage. Tesla supporters lost no time in defending the company. They accuse this user of staging the whole thing or simply not using it properly.
AB (@abgoswami) went to Twitter with the following message:
AB's last tweet was from May 2015. That's the first Tesla supporters claim to be weird. But it doesn't sound so strange when you know that Elon Musk is so active on Twitter. If someone is willing to reach him, it is the right platform, even if you are not very fond of it. Probably AB's case.
It was probably too many to start talking about the incident. Some defended Tesla, others attacked it, and at least one of them said he also had a problem with Tesla's summons. Chris Felton got on September 6, before the V10, which he still does not have in his Model S. He tried it the same day. And it did not go well, as his tweets show:
“I'm sitting in the tractor to the right. Tesla steers into the column. You can see the mirror turning back at the very end of the video, ”Fenton told InsideEVs . "Just missed the front screens. The chrome erasure on the mirror gets a white scrub from the wall rub."
Fenton had an early version of Summon Mode. AB specifically names Enhanced Summon, which is now called Smart Summon, but we are not sure if it was already the one with the V10. We have tried to contact him for more information on what happened.
Although we are unable to reach him, we have checked the answers that criticize him. It's sad only a few of them stick to the facts, such as this one.
It makes sense. And that doesn't match the description AB gave. Therefore, we need a more detailed version of the facts. If you know AB, he asks to contact us.
In our recent article on Tesla Smart Summon, we wondered what would happen if an accident should occur. Who will be held responsible for it? What if the injury involved a person? We hope we don't have to answer that.
It also worries us that so many Tesla owners will have that feature. Not just now, with wide release, but early access – to help test it. Like happy guinea pigs. Did Tesla test it long enough before releasing it? If AB's accident wasn't his fault, is it Tesla to make it available too soon? If more issues arise, something must be resolved. If you can warn us about them.