Tesla: Our cars can now park themselves
A new feature enables remote parking in Tesla cars, the company announced. In 2018, it is supposed to allow owners to summon their car from across the country.
Owners of Tesla vehicles might have rubbed their eyes in disbelief: on Saturday, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk released an over-the-air software update for Tesla Model S and X cars that enables vehicles to park themselves autonomously.
With the software's beta version 7.1 installed, Teslas are now equipped with "Summon". The feature allows cars to enter and exit garages and parking spaces as well as park themselves without the driver inside.
Owners can command their vehicle via their key fob or via mobile phone: "It will open the garage door, back out of the garage, close the garage door, and come to you," Musk said this Sunday, according to a Business Insider report.
Tesla expects the innovative feature to advance rapidly over the next two years: by 2018, according to Musk, owners would be able to summon their cars from across the country. The models would then start the engine and autonomously drive to their owner. "If your car is in New York and you are in Los Angeles, it will find its way to you," Musk said. He also insinuated that while on the way, Teslas might even be capable of charging themselves.
Although a visionary feature, Musk admitted that the current beta version is still limited in its abilities. For example, the driver must be within a 33 feet (10 m) range from the car while he uses the feature.
Watch how Tesla's cars are now able to park themselves: