Tesla's 'Smart Summon' Is Very Stupid

Chris Menahan
Oct. 02, 2019

How did regulators approve this garbage?

Via Zero Hedge:
With Tesla releasing V10 of its vehicle software earlier this week, owners were chomping at the bit to get their hands on the long touted "Smart Summon" feature, which is supposed to allow drivers to summon their vehicles to them in parking lots using their cell phones.

But, as things go with Tesla, the idea of the idea was worlds away from the actual implementation of it. In fact, early customer videos and reports of the "feature" are making Smart Summon look extremely dangerous and nothing short of a complete disaster.

These cars are terrible and only exist due to massive government subsidies.

They're also dangerously quiet.

The EU already passed laws to force electric cars to emit more sound in 2018:
From July [2019], all new electric and hybrid models seeking approval in Europe will have to emit a noise when travelling at low speeds. Existing vehicles are expected gradually to be retrofitted with devices.

The law has been welcomed by campaigners. James White, at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, is worried about the risk the cars pose to people with sight loss. He said that for people who struggle to see them, the vehicles should indicate their presence in other ways.

Research shows electric cars are about 40% more likely to hit a pedestrian than a conventional vehicle. One study suggests that 93% of blind and partially sighted people have had problems with them. “It is a really important issue,” said White. “Guide dogs are all about giving people confidence and independence and a near miss or an incident with a vehicle of this type could really set people back a long way.”

In Japan there was a national outcry when a guide dog and its owner were killed by a reversing non-electric vehicle whose driver had used a pause control to deactivate its sound emitter.

The new standards, which in Europe will be introduced via an EU directive, will require activation by default when the vehicle is on.
At least one new model Tesla in the US in September was finally made to emit more sound through speakers when driving at slow speeds.

"[I]t remains unclear whether or not existing EVs will be recalled to have [sound emitting devices] installed," Clean Technica reported.

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