That was fast. Just days after Tesla released the Smart Summon in widespread distribution, a Twitter user said it made him hit his car away from his garage. Tesla supporters have wasted time defending the company. They blame this user for putting the whole thing down or just not being able to use it properly.
AB (@abgoswami) took to Twitter with the following message:
AB's last tweet was from May 2015. This is the first thing Tesla supporters say is weird. But it doesn't sound so weird when you know that Elon Musk is so active on Twitter. If anyone is willing to contact him, this is the right platform, even if you are not very fond of it. Probably the case of AB.
It was enough for many people to start talking about the incident. Some defend Tesla, others attack him, and at least one says he also has a problem with Tesla Summon. Chris Felton received it on September 6, before the V10, which is not yet in his Model S. He tests it the same day. And it did not go well, as his tweets show:
Tesla is heading for the column. You can see the mirror pop back to the very end of the video, "says Fenton InsideEVs . "I just missed the front fenders. The chrome wipe of the mirror gets a white piece of friction on the wall."
Fenton has an early version of summon mode. AB names specifically Enhanced Summon, now called Smart Summon, but we're not sure if it was already the one with the V10. We tried to contact him to get more details about what happened.
Until we were able to reach him, we checked the answers that criticized him. It is sad that some of them stick to facts like this.
Makes sense. And it does not match the description AB gave. That is why we need to have a more detailed version of the facts. If you happen to know AB, ask him to contact us.
In our last article on Tesla Smart Summon, we wondered what would happen if an incident happened. Who will be responsible for this? What if the damage involves a person? We hope we don't have to answer that.
It also bothers us that so many Tesla owners want this feature. Not just now, with a wide release, but also with early access – to test it. Like happy guinea pigs. Did he test it long enough before releasing it? If AB's coincidence was not his fault, is Tesla too early to do it? If more cases arise, this will need to be addressed. Alert us if you can.