TESLA has announced that its new BMW 3-series-rivalling Model 3 electric cars are now equipped with “Summon” technology, allowing owners to move their vehicle into or out of a car parking space autonomously.
The functionality, which already existed on the larger Model S and Model X SUV, was delivered to existing Model 3s via an “over-the-air” update.
Elon Musk’s company broke the news by retweeting a video from a customer, identified as 28_delays_later, with the message: “Summon now available in Model 3”.
Summon now available in Model 3 https://t.co/y2CORUAb3B
— Tesla (@Tesla) July 4, 2018
Updates such as this can take up to two hours to install, depending on the strength of the connection and the size of the file. For safety reasons, the car won’t drive while an update is being installed.
The Model 3 is not available in the UK yet: it will be making its European debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, but only in left-hand drive form, and it’ll be a static display. Right-hand drive UK-spec cars will begin production next year, Tesla says.