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Video shows summoned Tesla Model Y crashing into Cirrus Vision jet worth US$2 million

The so-called "Smart Summon" beta feature caused a Tesla Model Y to crash into the rear of jet that was parked on an airfield (Image: Smiteme)
The so-called "Smart Summon" beta feature caused a Tesla Model Y to crash into the rear of jet that was parked on an airfield (Image: Smiteme)
The convenient "Smart Summon" feature, which Tesla has released as a beta version a couple of years ago, is apparently unable to navigate an airfield as a new surveillance video shows a Model Y crashing into a smaller but still expensive plane during an event in the state of Washington.

Tesla's full-self driving and autopilot functions are undoubtedly an incredible technological feat, but in certain situations, some of these relatively novel features can still cause potentially dangerous traffic incidents and accidents. However, a recent crash involving the "Smart Summon" function of a Model Y appears to be the fault of an overconfident owner who blatantly disregarded Tesla's official instructions and warnings.

A corresponding surveillance video posted on Reddit shows the aforementioned white Tesla Model Y crashing into the rear of a stationary Cirrus Vision jet at the Felts Field airport in Spokane, Washington. The low-speed nature of this incident certainly suggests that the careless owner did not monitor his electric SUV while summoning it, as the vehicle did not make any abrupt turns when it headed straight towards the tail of the small airplane which is apparently worth around US$2 million.

Tesla's Smart Summon feature in the Model Y "may not stop for all objects"

Furthermore, this easily preventable "Smart Summon" accident involving the Tesla Model Y appears be the result of using the feature in a very uncommon location, as the Texas-based EV pioneer clearly states that the function should only be used on parking lots and private driveways with a familiar and predictable surrounding area. An airfield clearly does not fall under this definition, and it is somewhat plausible that the electric SUV could have trouble with identifying objects like a Cirrus Vision jet. It remains to be seen how the Tesla driver's auto insurance will handle this rather unique and expensive claim.

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Enrico Frahn, 2022-04-22 (Update: 2022-04-22)