Tesla continues to make impressive breakthroughs in self-driving technology. Case in point, they just unveiled the company’s latest autopilot software package. The newest update now allows cars to drive themselves to wherever its owners or drivers are located.
CEO Elon Musk announced the news on Twitter, staying that this was just the beginning.
First baby step in Tesla Summon capability now downloading over-the-air with V7.1
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2016
When asked whether this particular advancement in self driving technology marks the opportunity for drivers to stop having to navigate through parking lots and crowded streets, Musk replies: “Tap your phone or key and your car will open the garage door, exit, close the door and come to you. Will do same in reverse for unsummon.”
Take a look at how it works below:
The Summon feature makes use of the double-tap command as its Autosteer technology. This allows drivers to change lanes on the highway only by tapping a gear twice. In the latest demonstration, tapping on your phone or key will alert the vehicle that it’s being sent for, it can open the garage door automatically and can also allow cars to self-park.
The Tesla chief goes on to explain that the technology will continue to be developed and will soon be available in just two years. Soon, the company is also optimisitic about its advancement that they are confident drivers will be able to summon vehicles across long distances, even from across the country, when 2018 rolls around.
His assertions regarding the future of autonomous vehicles come after Tesla announced additional 13 Supercharger stations have begun operations across the northeasternRicco831 United States.