Tesla is all set to roll out its new feature dubbed as the ‘Enhanced Summon’ next week, which is an advanced and more robust version of its automated parking feature. This news was made public by Elon Musk in a tweet on Saturday.
This latest development comes close on the heels of the launch of the ‘Navigate on Autopilot’ feature, which is a step toward fully automated driving on highways.
Musk mentioned in his tweet:
“Tesla Enhanced Summon coming out in the U.S. next week for anyone with Enhanced Autopilot or Full Self-Driving option.”
This will be a big step for Tesla, which has been working on the automated parking system for quite some time, reports TechCrunch. ‘Enhanced Summon’ is a parking assist feature designed to vehicles to navigate a parking lot autonomously and find its driver, under specific conditions. This feature will be a big boost for the vehicle owners who can use this feature to pull out of a parking space, navigate around objects and come to the owner. Musk has been teasing this feature for quite some time now and some owners have already used it. It will mark a big step forward for the Tesla team.
It is important to note here that Tesla vehicles are not self-driving and autopilot is an advanced self-driving system that is used to assist drivers. It is a Level 2 system and it means partial automation. Navigate on Autopilot is Tesla’s most advanced driver assistance feature till date and is basically supposed to guide a vehicle from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp.
It is important to note here that the electric car maker announced in 2016 that it would start producing vehicles with latest features and a more robust suite of sensors, radar, and cameras—called Hardware 2, which would allow for higher levels of automated driving. Enhanced Autopilot allows owners to have vehicles capable of adaptive cruise control, Autosteer, Summon and Navigate on Autopilot. But then in October last year, the company started rolling out Navigate on Autopilot, and it removed the“full self-driving” option (FSD).
But the carmaker again changed its mind this year and brought back FSD with changed terminology and new pricing.