I thought it would be interesting and informative for those of us who are fortunate to have Smart Summons on our Tesla vehicles, to share our experiences...both positive and negative.
When I first attempted Smart Summons my excitement was tempered by a little trepidation. It brought to mind my "leap of faith" feeling when first engaging Perpendicular Parking. Deciding to err on the side of caution, I stood in the hammerhead of my rather long driveway. I was giddy with excitement when my MX pulled along side me...even though it was not a complicated maneuver.
Encouraged by my experience, I summoned the courage to next test Smart Summons in the COSTCO parking lot. Standing near the COSTCO entrance, with my shopping cart beside me, I pressed the COME TO ME button. My MX smoothly backed out of its space, slowly drove forward then made a left turn to pull along side of me. WOW, I was amazed at how well it performed.
However my next experience in a Strip Center lot was not as impressive, but thankfully not damaging. I manually perpendicular parked in a space, purposely without any vehicles on either side. Standing several rows away from my MX, but with good visibility of my vehicle, I pressed COME TO ME. Once again my MX smoothly backed out of its space and slowly moved forward. After several feet it started turning left like it was trying to park in a space in a row on the opposite side from where I parked it. Thankfully I aborted the Smart Summons as it was heading for an adjacent parked car. Whether it would have stopped before hitting that car was not a chance I wanted to take.
I am not discouraged by my last experience. It's a reminder that we must be vigilante especially in the early stages of this incredible new feature. Hopefully we can all learn from each others experiences and avoid unpleasant experiences.
I look forward to reading about your experiences with Smart Summons.