Tesla's "Enhanced Summon" feature has taken a long time to be squeezed into the wider fleet as the automaker tries to improve it.
CEO Elon Musk now says that the latest version "almost doesn't suck" as we have been told that the former software lead for the feature will be included in GM Cruise.
Enhanced Summon builds on Tesla's previous & # 39; Summon & # 39; feature, which was used by owners to move their cars autonomously a few meters in the driveway or in tight parking situations.
With the new version, owners can call in their Tesla cars from farther away, and the cars will navigate in more complex parking environments.
Earlier this year, we published an exclusive first look at Tesla's new Enhanced Summon.
According to the beta release sent to owners in the & # 39; Early Access Program, & # 39; the feature works up to 1
We got some feedback from people who had early access to the feature, and they seem to think the feature works pretty well, but the main complaint is that it was very slow.
Complaints were mostly about the speed when the car starts moving, but there is also a delay after Enhanced Summon is activated, something Tesla fixed with a new standby mode.
Yesterday, Musk said the latest version they test "almost doesn't suck":
It finally almost doesn't suck
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 4, 2019
This is strong words of confidence in the new Autopilot feature.
Earlier this year, we began to see some of the first demonstrations of Enhanced Summon by Tesla owners in the Early Access program.
The release to the wider fleet was supposed to happen months ago, but it has been delayed several times.
We also learned that Nenad Uzunovic, a Tesla Autopilot software engineer who was the "technical leader" for the Enhanced Summon feature, has joined Cruise, GM's self-driving startup, according to an update on its LinkedIn.
He said he was also the leader of & # 39; Auto Lane Change & # 39 ;:
“The point of contact for the motion planning aspect of Auto Lane Change. As of May 2019, Autopilot performed over 100,000 Auto Lane Change per day on customer vehicles. ”
Enhanced Summon is now expected to be released later this month.
Musk recently linked the release of the feature to the release of Tesla's software update version 10 in August.
Featured Image: Watch Tesla autonomously drive in a parking lot as a & # 39; robotic choice & # 39; with Enhanced Summon
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