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Technology U.S. auto safety agency notes Tesla accidents with 'Smart Summon' feature

22:40  02 october  2019
22:40  02 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Tesla delays price hike for self-driving upgrade

Tesla delays price hike for self-driving upgrade You'll still have at least a few more weeks to order a Tesla with the Full Self-Driving upgrade before the price hike kicks in. Elon Musk said Tesla had "postponed" the $1,000 increase until cars received version 10 software with "smart summon" (aka Enhanced Summon) enabled. He expected that to happen within four to eight weeks, although that depended on how well early access testing went. The feature has Tesla's cars automatically navigate toward you in the parking lot. You wouldn't have to park toward the front of a store just to avoid a lengthy walk. Whether or not Tesla makes that target window isn't clear.

a person with dark hair and a sunset in the background: A Tesla supercharger is shown at a charging station in Santa Clarita, California © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE A Tesla supercharger is shown at a charging station in Santa Clarita, California WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Wednesday it is aware of reports of minor crashes involving Tesla Inc's Smart Summon feature that allows people to retrieve a parked vehicle remotely by using an app.

Several users have posted videos on social media of Tesla vehicles that appear to have been in near accidents, while one posted a video of a Tesla striking a garage wall and another of a Tesla being struck by a vehicle backing up.

NHTSA said it "is aware of reports related to Tesla’s Summon feature. We are in ongoing contact with the company and we continue to gather information."

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The feature is intended to work in parking lots when the user is within line of sight of the vehicle.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)

Tesla Autopilot Now Handles Construction Cones With Ease .
Not only does the new feature work with Smart Summon, but also with Autopilot. Earlier this week, we shared that Tesla's built-in cameras actually"see," identify, display, and avoid construction cones while using the vehicles' Smart Summon feature. The cones show up on the Tesla screen much like cars and trucks do. This is a huge step forward in the Silicon Valley automaker's development of its Full Self-Driving technology.It comes as no surprise that the cones are visible on the screen while driving your Tesla, and are shown in Autopilot mode.

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