Tesla driver auto-parks car from office to avoid fine and Elon Musk approves
The chief executive announced software upgrades which will allows Teslas to follow owners ‘like a pet’ or be driven from a phone ‘like a big RC car’.
A Tesla driver has found an ingenious way to utilise his car’s remote control feature to save some money.
Twitter user @rarelyserious posted a video of him moving his vehicle from inside his office, in order to avoid breaching his city’s two-hour parking rule.
The remarkable footage from Madison, Wisconsin, has gone viral, helped by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk himself commenting on it.
Cool haha— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2018
YES! you can control a Telsa from your cell phone... like a really big, really slow remote control car. i do it all the time for fun or to adjust a park job but this is an amazing use case. https://t.co/FidXbtrtz8— Casey Neistat (@Casey) October 31, 2018
Musk went on to explain how the car performed the manoeuvres without the driver sitting inside, using its summon feature which allows it to park automatically in tight spots or change parking space.
The 47-year-old added that soon “a Tesla should be able to drive around a parking lot, find an empty spot, read signs to confirm it’s valid & park”.
Shortly after commenting, Musk announced that the parking upgrade will be ready in around six weeks and will be a software upgrade available to all Teslas produced in the past two years.
Tesla advanced Summon ready in ~6 weeks! Just an over-the-air software upgrade, so will work on all cars made in past 2 years (Autopilot hardware V2+).— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2018
Musk said the upgrade will also allow it to follow users “like a pet” and they will also be able to be driven from a mobile phone “like a big RC car”.
Don't mind me, just walking my Tesla.— LightningShoes (@LightningShoe) November 1, 2018
Drunk me trusting my sober friends to remotely drive me home safely pic.twitter.com/Lo0tk0b36l— eric (@NPS_Eric) November 1, 2018
And there you were thinking moving parking spots was impressive.