Tesla fans who have been looking forward to the Model S's new self-driving capabilities will be happy to hear about the vehicle's new software.
The electric automaker has released version 7.1 of its semi-autonomous driving software for the full-sized electric sedan, which includes a Summon feature that makes the car drive itself to meet you or park in certain places, . The feature saves owners the trouble of going out into the garage or walking across a large parking lot.
All you have to do is line the vehicle up behind your garage door and press and hold the center button on the key fob, . The hazard lights will start flashing, after which you can click the trunk button, and the car will drive forward on its own into its targeted spot.
The software will also open and close HomeLink-compatible garage doors, though users will have to be within 39 feet of targets for it to work. The technology is also available for Tesla's Model X SUV.
The move follows two months after authorities in Hong Kong told Tesla to disable its semi-autonomous driving technology until they can make sure that the features are safe, . The request was made due to concerns over reported incidents in which drivers who were using Tesla's new Autopilot feature to drive the car while they would shave and engage in other activities in the backseat.
Tesla has acknowledged such safety concerns, placing limits on its Autosteer technology on residential roads and roads that don't have a center divider. The company will also cap the Model S's speed at 5 mph above the road's speed limit whenever the car is on a restricted road.
Check out the Model S's Summon feature in action below: