FAST FIVE: "It Drove Like A Drunk-Driver": Consumer Reports Eviscerates Tesla's Smart-Summon Feature
Smart Summon “doesn't match the marketing hype,” according to the review. They tested the feature over several days at their facility and concluded that the “automation was glitchy and at times worked intermittently, without a lot of obvious benefits for consumers.” Tesla, meanwhile, has pitched Summon as a way to have their car pick them up in everyday situations, such as to avoid walking through the rain.
He continued: “What consumers are really getting is the chance to participate in a kind of science experiment.
They also found that vehicles could stop for pedestrians and slow down as traffic approaches.
The Model 3 using Summon didn't always stay on its side of the lane in the parking lots, either, the report notes. The review continues: “In one case, the system worked in one section of a private lot, but in another part of the lot it mistakenly detected that it was on a public road and shut itself down.
The tester had to run out to the car to move it to allow traffic to begin flowing again. Ethan Douglas, a senior policy analyst at Consumer Reports in Washington, D.C.