Dashcam Catches Woman Running After Summoned Tesla Thinking It’s Rolling Away

Jano le Roux

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Tesla may sell more electric vehicles than any other maker, but there are still a lot of people who do not even know that there is much more to the car than just no carbon dioxide emissions. Lately, this was confirmed when a lady who may not have known Teslas had self-driving skills was caught on camera running one down the parking lot assuming that it was rolling backward, clearly attempting to help out.

Tesla’s Sentry Mode in the Model 3 captured the hilarious footage. Sentry Mode, if you don’t know, is a monitoring device built into the Autopilot cameras of newer Teslas that can help catch events such as possible theft or even accidents. Possibly, the application is a reaction to a rash of car vandalism targeting Tesla owners in California. In either of the ports in the center console, the driver is able to plug in an SD card and video from both the security camera and dashboard camera will be preserved there.

The video posted by the driver of the Model 3 shows the woman hopping out of her own SUV and trampling in front of the car in an effort to deter the vehicle from rolling further. The owner also revealed that after concentrating her weight on the front left pillar, the woman even managed to stop it, but unfortunately it was not caught in the footage.

Take a look at the courageous video:

Is Tesla Smart Summon Safe?

The fact is that a pretty new technology launched by Tesla in September 2019 means that not so not many people might have seen it perform. It helps owners to call their Tesla cars from an overall maximum distance of 200 feet and, even in a tough parking area, as long as the vehicle is beyond their line of sight. The purpose builds on the “Summon” that enables the vehicle to travel just a few feet in its driveway or from a narrow parking spot where the owner just doesn’t have enough space to squeeze into the car.

Tesla advises owners to use Smart Summon carefully because it’s not yet a truly autonomous function. The fine print on Tesla’s website says, you are responsible for your vehicle and must track it and its surroundings at all times and be within your sightline because it does not sense all hazards. They advise to very vigilant when it comes to fast-moving pedestrians, motorcycles, and cars.

It seems like a brief peek of a tumultuous future. Carmakers are adding more and more space-age features in their production models despite reviving auto sales. This entails sophisticated driver assistance technologies, such as Tesla’s Autopilot and GM’s Super Cruise, as well as other innovations that take full advantage of today’s array of cameras and sensors integrated in nearly any new vehicle. Undoubtedly, Tesla is far ahead of the pack. Their rivals are scrambling to catch up.

Reviewers reviewed the newly released Smart Summon feature from Tesla on a Model 3 and noticed that the automation was glitchy and operated intermittently at times, without a lot of apparent user benefits.

The interest of U.S. regulators has been drawn by Smart Summon. They are in touch with Tesla to obtain data about the functionality, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The car moved in the middle of the driving lane, not on the side nearest to the parked vehicles, as a human driver might. It would roam left and right as it moved, like an intoxicated or confused driver. Some would go as far as to describe it as “erratic”. In another case, on yet another road, the Model 3 drove the wrong direction by itself. To encourage traffic to begin moving again, the reviewer had to run to the car to transfer it.

A Model 3, with Smart Summon enabled, will slowly and easily make its way to the person calling it with a phone under the perfect conditions, and in those situations, the car was actually managing itself, turning, accelerating, and making decisions about its direction. But it’s always the duty of the person running the app to track the car and keep it out of danger.

Lidar sensors, which generate detailed three-dimensional representations of the environment surrounding the car, are one thing that will possibly aid in both of these instances. In all the cases so far, a rotating lidar sensor on the roof of a Tesla would have sensed that there were people or big items awkwardly near the car. Elon Musk, though, has resisted lidar as a crutch, and, at least in the next few years, the sensors are potentially too pricey for use in customer-owned vehicles.

When they enter parking lots, motorists obey a variety of rules. They seek not to pass through parking spaces and to stay in traffic lanes. When two vehicles have a traffic lane that is wide enough, they stay on the right-hand side. They perceive the row as a one-way street if parking spaces are all positioned in the same direction. Human drivers wait for stop signs and when they leave a series of parking spaces, they give right-of-way to oncoming vehicles.

The weak perception of the physical world by Smart Summon is not a major concern in parking lots, so if and when Tesla starts attempting to work on public streets, it would be a larger factor. On a highway, reckless driving activity that is clearly irritating in a parking lot can be fatal. Keeping in the right lane is key to preventing accidents, and on streets with four or more lanes and without simple lane markers, human drivers frequently have to do this. If there is some hint of the videos people have uploaded, Tesla’s tech is nowhere near being prepared for that.

Tesla Smart Summon Seems To Be Safe In The Majority of Cases

Smart Summon definitely has drawbacks (and I’ll talk about them in detail), but it’s essential to first agree that in the overwhelming bulk of the more than 100 Smart Summon videos I watched, the system succeeded. Without incident, I saw an overwhelming majority of people effectively summon their cars from around parking lots.

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