Tesla cars learned to drive in parking lots without a driver

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It seems that Tesla cars can be described without exaggeration as the most convenient means of transport in the world. You can literally live in the cabin of these electric vehicles – we've never heard of the inconvenience of installed seats, which means that if you sit on it, you can surely have popcorn and watch TV shows. In late September, the manufacturer decided to appeal to owners of Tesla vehicles with the release of one of the biggest software updates. The tenth release received support for new video watching services, official support for console-ported games, and the Smart Summon feature that allows you to call a car from a parking lot directly to the threshold of a mall or other building.

Car Tesla Model 3

Tesla is constantly improving his cars. Sometimes innovations are not recognizable to ordinary users and hide somewhere under the hood of an electric car. For example, in early September, the company talked about a new type of battery that wears off half as fast as the current options. This is a very cool innovation that saves drivers and money, but their benefits can only be appreciated over time. But here are some updates that catch your eye: Tesla cars have huge displays installed. So why not watch movies while waiting for a kid from kindergarten?

Movies and games in Tesla cars

The company recognizes that large screens can and should be used not only to display maps but also for entertainment purposes. Therefore, there are many multimedia features in the tenth version of the software. For example, the company has expanded its list of applications with tools to watch TV programs and programs through the Netflix and Hulu services. Of course, the list of games was also updated – in addition to the old games of the classic Atari console, the company supported the modern Cuphead platform game Elon Musk once mentioned.

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The company also allowed motorists to sing karaoke and gave the event the very funny name "Car-aoke". However, it is unlikely that you can sing your favorite songs along the way, as is the case with a karaoke show with James Corden, as the entertainment features are only available when the car is in the parking lot.

An overview of all new features can be found in the following video.

Tesla car remote control

Speaking of parking, all of the above features are hidden in the light of the Smart Summon mode, which allows you to call a car from a parking lot right to the mall's threshold. If you believe the description in the official Tesla blog, anyone who was able to test the feature prior to release was thrilled with the innovation. One of the owners of Tesla on Twitter showed how he called the car to himself in heavy rain and he and the children did not have to go to him with heavy bags to get wet in the rain.

This feature is only available to owners of Tesla autopilot vehicles. The cost is $ 8,000. However, it is not clear how the car finds the location of its owner. According to the blog, the car must be in the view of the owner for the feature to work. In most cases, however, it is almost impossible to see your car in the parking lot. You have to search for it. Most likely, it is the immediate vicinity of an electric car, and if the owner is too far away, the Smart Summon feature is simply not available in the mobile application.

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Finally, I would like to mention that in addition to the above features, the company has conducted a search for restaurants and attractions near the car. Not without security updates – from now on, videos taken during "Sentry Mode" operation will be saved in a separate folder on the USB stick. If there is not enough memory, old records are deleted.