Tesla's Reverse Summon self-parking feature nears release with three options to choose from
It's been almost a year since Elon Musk mentioned to Tesla owners that a Reverse Summon smart parking is not far away and some more details about how the option will be executed have now trickled down. Reverse Summon is an upgrade to the current Smart Summon Autopilot function that allows your Tesla car to get to you when you, well, summon it via the app. Reverse Summon, on the other hand, is supposed to send the car away from you in search for a parking spot. It will eventually be able to drop you off and then to control your Tesla while it is finding a parking space on its own. This sounds like a dream come true for many urban driving situations, but there could be even more granular breakdown of Reverse Summon options, it has leaked out.
A popular Tesla thread moderator on Reddit claims that the electric carmaker's engineers are in the advanced stage of Reverse Summon testing, and will reportedly offer three feature options to choose from. The first one is "closest to the door," for the times you need to be dropped right in front of a building, for instance, which would be a godsend option when it rains. The others will potentially be called "near cart returns" - for your next Walmart trip - while the "end of the parking lot" choice is pretty self-explanatory:
I've been told by a friend within Tesla (grain of salt) that Reverse Summon (Smart Summon but in reverse -- where the car goes and finds a parking spot for you) was released to engineers for testing, and it is currently quite good. I'm also told it will have multiple modes where you can pick where it parks, including things like "closest to the door", "near cart returns", or "end of the parking lot" for ding avoidance. Not sure what else there will be, but that's what I've heard. I also wonder if it would be advertised under a different name like "Smart Park, or Self-Parking" -- but I haven't heard anything on that front.
The other juicy tidbit is that all the Summon features, including the smart auto-parking Reverse option, could be folded into the Full Self-Driving Beta package altogether. Given the less-than-popular Smart Summon option that rarely works to a satisfactory level, and the fact that Reverse Summon could entail a complete loss of visibility and control over your Tesla, it remains to be seen what the uptake by owners will be if and when the Reverse Summon feature is released.