A series of tests involving a Tesla Model 3 whose owner is part of the company’s early access program has provided a preview of some full self-driving features that are yet to be released. Apart from some UI updates, the early access Model 3 was also loaded with some unreleased Summon features, which will be part of the company’s Full Self-Driving suite.
Immediately noticeable from the early access Model 3 were updates to its UI. The vehicle on the left side of the center display was larger and more detailed, and it featured some cool animation when the vehicle is shifting from Drive to Park. The vehicle’s avatar on the screen also zooms out noticeably when the electric sedan is traveling on a multi-lane road.
The early access Model 3 also featured some new Summon features, including the of the Model 3 to avoid unexpected obstacles like pedestrians while it was being summoned. To test this, Kim, the YouTube channel’s host, opted to stand in the path of the electric sedan. The Model 3 promptly stopped as it detected the Like Tesla host, immediately attempting several maneuvers to drive around the unexpected obstacle. The Model 3 only moved forward towards its destination once the obstacle was fully out of its way.
This became prominent in a parking lot test of the advanced Summon feature, which required the vehicle to navigate through a crowded parking lot that’s complete with numerous vehicles moving about. Just like the previous test, the Model 3 was successfully summoned, though the vehicle took some time because of its deliberate speed and movement.
It should be noted that the advanced Summon features are still a work in progress, and they are still being tested with members of the early access program. This is evident in the Model 3’s steering wheel movements while it was being summoned. Unlike an experienced driver that holds the steering wheel steadily while driving, advanced Summon continually performed adjustments to the vehicle’s steering similar to a neophyte driver. Nevertheless, it is almost certain that these features will be refined as the feature gets released.
Tesla’s advanced Summon features is part of the company’s Full Self-Driving suite, together with the company’s Navigate on Autopilot with unconfirmed lane changes. These features, as well as a number of unreleased capabilities for Autopilot and Full Self Driving, are set to be announced and demonstrated in the upcoming Autonomy Investor Day on April 22. Tesla will discuss its roadmap for its full self-driving features in the event, and provide investors with a deep dive into the company’s FSD strategy.
The Autonomy Investor Day will include updates from several of Tesla’s key executives that are actively involved in the development of autonomous software and hardware, including CEO Elon Musk, VP of Engineering Stuart Bowers, VP of Hardware Engineering Pete Bannon, and Sr. Director of AI Andrej Karpathy. Test rides in vehicles loaded with unreleased versions of Autopilot and Full Self-Driving will be offered as well.
Watch Like Tesla‘s demo of some of Tesla’s unreleased Summon features in the video below.
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Author: Simon Alvarez