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Tesla promises (Part I of II)

Industry favorite Elon Musk is at it again. Well-known for grandiose promises and salacious soundbites, Musk detractors relish in the scientist’s “failures” especially as they relate to said promises. One promise (a declaration more than a promise really) was Musk’s famous 2016 tweet indicating Tesla would demonstrate a self-driven trip across the U.S. the following year, 2017. Later in January of 2017, Musk followed this up by promising Tesla would achieve “full self-driving capability” in 6 more months – June/July of 2017. We are now 3 years down the line, and detractors love to throw that back in Musk’s face.

Elon is great at deflecting however, and instead of recognizing that he might have overshot with those initial tweets, Musk is now moving on to something even more eye-catching. Smart Summon is a new Tesla feature that will enable Tesla drivers to summon their car (only if the car is within their line of sight). But this might be easier to explain via an example. You are walking out of the supermarket, have a kid in a stroller, another 8-year-old throwing a tantrum, and a cart full of groceries. Getting all three to the car will be a challenge, and instead opt to summon your Tesla to self-drive to you. Sounds cool, right? Of course it does, Musk is no dummy.

Smart Summon in action

Videos have already gone viral of Smart Summon in action. But the results have not been great. Many show cars that can’t move 100 feet without veering from their lane, or other examples of cars suddenly stopping when they shouldn’t. The software is still in a Beta version, but this does beg the question of whether Musk and Tesla should be touting a service that could harm someone or create an accident? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has now become involved and is monitoring the situation more carefully. Musk has indicated that the Beta version has indeed been released and drivers are discovering issues and making recommendations as they use it. Any accidents or repairs are the sole responsibility of the driver, not Tesla.

Stay tuned as we’ dig a bit deeper.

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