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Summon as standard or is enhanced autopilot needed

Summon as standard or is enhanced autopilot needed

I have a tiny garage build back in the 60's and there is no way a door can open once the car is parked inside. The summon function could make the garage useful since I wouldn't have to park it myself.

The $5k for enhanced autopilot is a steep price for me to pay since I really only need the summon feature. What I can't figure out is whether the summon feature is standard for all Teslas or the enhanced autopilot is needed.

Will I have to put down 5k for enhanced autopilot in order to get the car to drive straight in and out of the garage (by itself)?

tedirelan | July 30, 2017

What a great question.

ReD eXiLe ms us | July 30, 2017

These are different things:

- Autopilot Safety Features
-- Extended Autopilot
--- Full Self Driving

I believe that the Summon feature first becomes available with Extended Autopilot (EAP), and is also present on Full Self Driving (FSD).

Randkthorn | July 30, 2017

Although $5k may seem like a lot of money for parking in a garage (and it is) a few years ago only a Mars Rover or a research robot could be aware of its own surroundings, avoid obstacles and autonomously perform such a feat. Of course summons, self parking, lane keeping, accident avoidance and other current capabilities are only the beginning.

hoffmannjames | July 30, 2017

Yes, you need to get the autopilot option in order to get summon. But I think you are wrong to think of the 5K as wasted because you only need summon. Would you really never use autopilot? The 5K gives autopilot which includes traffic aware cruise control and auto steer which surely would be useful to you. Even if you don't think you need autopilot, it would greatly enhance your driving experience by making your driving more relaxed and convenient.

tom168 | July 30, 2017

@voerssa: It is worth every penny. We used Summon (Model S) every day in and out of the garage. The AutoPilot is just a bonus.
We were thinking getting another S and just found out that the Model 3 has 310 mile range It seemed we can get our extended range Model 3 by end of the year. With the tax rebate, it will cost around $45K==>which I think is a very attractive deal (310 miles range, premium interior plus enhance autopilot). An equivalent Model S will cost over $100K.

mfstorino | July 30, 2017

Can yhe Midel 3 Summon frature open your garage door and close it behind itself?

tedirelan | July 30, 2017

@mfstorino - Autocorrect just slapped you in the side of the head.

voersaa | July 31, 2017

Everyone, thanks for clarification. It's not that I don't think its valuable to have the enhanced auto pilot, rather its a question of budget. I simply have to decide what is the more important feature since I can't afford everything and the longer range seems more relevant for the time being.
In Denmark cars are taxed severely and at the moment EV's are in a political limbo. Longer range and the enhanced auto pilot together could push the local cost past $75k, when tax is applied.

hoffmannjames | July 31, 2017

voersaa | July 31, 2017
Everyone, thanks for clarification. It's not that I don't think its valuable to have the enhanced auto pilot, rather its a question of budget. I simply have to decide what is the more important feature since I can't afford everything and the longer range seems more relevant for the time being.
In Denmark cars are taxed severely and at the moment EV's are in a political limbo. Longer range and the enhanced auto pilot together could push the local cost past $75k, when tax is applied.

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Depending on your driving habits, you might want to consider dropping the long range option and getting autopilot instead. 220 miles is actually better than you might think. Of course, it does depend on your driving. But 220 miles is good enough for most people.

Shock | July 31, 2017

You should check out some autopilot videos on youtube and they should summarily disabuse you of any belief that you won't use it. I've never used it and it looks to me like the best thing since sliced bread.

hoffmannjames | July 31, 2017

Personally, I think autopilot is more important than longer range. Autopilot is something that will improve all your driving whereas the longer range will only help you in certain situations.

stevenmaifert | July 31, 2017

For sure summon will not be standard. Full feature summon requires Homelink to open and close your garage door. GPS enabled Homelink is specifically mentioned on the specs page for MS/X but I can't find it anywhere for M3. No speculation.... Has anyone seen hard confirmation from Tesla that summon will be part of the M3 self driving capabilities.

Shock | July 31, 2017

"Has anyone seen hard confirmation from Tesla that summon will be part of the M3 self driving capabilities."

I've been wrong before but it beggars belief that they would make this car able to, ultimately, drive itself across the country while you're asleep and yet they won't have summon on it. I wouldn't worry unless somebody expressly says it's not there :)

jsanford | July 31, 2017

I have a similar situation--downhill driveway only 108" wide at its narrowest point and a need to make a turn through a gate to the street my house is on. I'm not sure $5k+ - plus the 11% sales tax, plus the insurance increase, plus increased tab cost - will justify summon when I hypothetically have 15+ inches on each side to work with.

jsanford | July 31, 2017

I have a similar situation--downhill driveway only 108" wide at its narrowest point and a need to make a turn through a gate to the street my house is on. I'm not sure $5k+ - plus the 11% sales tax, plus the insurance increase, plus increased tab cost - will justify summon when I hypothetically have 15+ inches on each side to work with.

Redmiata98 | July 31, 2017

If your clearance is REAL small (like only a couple of inches) the summon may not park itself without severe coaxing and repeated requests. HOWEVER, it usually will extract itself from the garage with the first request.
With the mirrors folded I have a total of about 4 inches of clearance but it does work.
With regard to the homelink, it is great for auto open and close when you have left or approach the garage. You have to be careful because it is not aware if the garage door is open or closed. When the command is given, it will cause the door to do the opposite of what state it is in and you can have the door prematurely close on your hood.