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Consumer Reports: Tesla’s Smart Summon is a glitchy science experiment

October 10, 2019 / Ryan Daws

Influential magazine Consumer Reports has made it abundantly clear it’s not a fan of Tesla’s Smart Summon feature. Smart Summon is part of Tesla’s automated parking system. When within 200 feet of their vehicle, a user holds their finger on the Tesla app and it will slowly drive to the person. At least, that’s supposed to be the case. Consumer Reports says the system is “glitchy” and only works intermittently. The US magazine is not the only entity questioning Tesla’s feature which debuted to some users via a software update last month. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) said last week that it’s investigating reports of crashes in parking lots of Tesla Model 3 users attempting to use Smart Summon.