You can now Summon your Tesla Model 3 and watch it park itself
It will also be able to exit garages, giving new meaning to the term “bring the car around.”
On July 4, Telsa took to Twitter to announce that the popular Summon feature is now available on the company’s Model 3. Already available on the Model S and Model X, the tool allows the car to park itself. With Summon, the Model 3’s will now be able to control garage doors, drive in or out of the garage, and power down, all without the driver behind the wheel.
— 28_delays_later (@28delayslater) July 1, 2018
Adding Summon to the Model 3 could prove significant. In recent weeks, Tesla has picked up production on the mid-size all-electric four-door sedan. It’s the first Tesla car that’s available in the $35,000 (and higher) range.
The first Tesla Model 3 models were produced in July 2017. After numerous delays, Tesla announced in April that its updated production target would be 6,000 Model 3 units per week by the end of June. New Model 3 orders take between six and 12 months for delivery. Initial reservations totaled 325,000 units.
On Monday, July 2, CEO Elon Musk announced its total weekly production for all types of Teslas had now hit 7,000 units per week. After that announcement, SlashGear explained some of the issues the company had faced to push more vehicles out of the door:
Tesla has been working hard to overcome all sorts of production challenges. These bottlenecks have been blamed on over-reliance on automation at the assembly lines where the cars are built.
Tesla has also blamed battery issues and other production bottlenecks for delays. Tesla had to work very hard to reach the 5,000 Model 3 units in a week goal. That work involved setting up another complete assembly line inside a giant tent outside the main factory.
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