In a series of early-morning tweets on Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed that the company’s cars will soon be able to “follow you like a pet” and take directions from phones “like a big [remote–controlled] car.”
The new feature will be available in about six weeks, Musk tweeted.
Tesla advanced Summon ready in ~6 weeks! Just an over-the-air software upgrade, so will work on all cars made in past 2 years (Autopilot hardware V2+).
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2018
Teslas have boasted a limited “summoning” feature, first announced in 2016, for some time. That capability, though, only allows the cars to “inch forward or backwards.”
The new version sounds much more robust, allowing users to control their cars like James Bond in “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
The new summoning feature will only be available in Teslas made over the past two years, according to Musk’s tweetstorm.
So while Tesla owners might eventually see this summoning feature, they probably shouldn’t hold their breath.
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