That’s because Tesla has created “the best chip in the world.”
Don’t freak out.
Yes, the car is moving with no one inside. No, it’s not careening out of control.
But we’ll forgive you if you’re a little unnerved at first.
Tesla owners have flooded social media with videos depicting the newest feature of their cars: the ability to use their phones to tell their cars to drive themselves from parking spots to the curb, where the owner is standing.
Called “Smart Summon,” the feature is part of Tesla’s 10.0 software update, which is delivered wirelessly. It’s available to Tesla owners who paid for what the company calls “full self-driving capability” or “enhanced Autopilot.”
The car needs to be “within their line of sight,” Tesla said, and owners “must remain responsible for the car and monitor it and its surroundings at all times.” It also only works in private parking lots.
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“It’s the perfect feature to use if you have an overflowing shopping cart, are dealing with a fussy child, or simply don’t want to walk to your car through the rain,” the company said.
Videos show numerous examples of Teslas seamlessly driving themselves to their owners, albeit at a very slow pace.
That said, there have been a few glitches, too.
This person’s video shows a Tesla nearly getting into a collision:
And this person posted a video showing a concerned pedestrian running after the car after realizing there’s nobody inside:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has touted the company’s self-driving technology as a key reason to buy a Tesla instead of another vehicle.
“Summon is improving rapidly,” Musk said Friday on Twitter.
The Tesla Model 3. (Photo: Tesla)
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