Thursday January 10, 2019

Tesla Summon+ Feature Is Clearing Regulatory Hurdles and More Tesla News

Elon Musk has announced that the successor to its Summon feature called Summon+ is currently clearing regulatory hurdles in some regions as the electric car manufacturer readies for its release. The Summon+ feature will grant Tesla owners the power to summon their cars and the vehicle would "drive to your phone location & follow you like a pet." He also mentioned Tesla owners being able to "control their car remotely 'like a big RC car.'"

In other Tesla news, Elon Musk has announced the discontinuation of a few lower end models. Starting Monday, Tesla will stop taking orders for the low end Model S and X cars with the 75 kWh battery pack. It is speculated that this will allow Tesla more control over costs and reallocate labor to other endeavors such as Model 3 production. Last of all, Tesla has released its Q4 2018 safety report where it showed significantly less accidents in Tesla vehicles when autopilot was engaged .

In the 4th quarter, we registered one accident for every 2.91 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged. For those driving without Autopilot, we registered one accident for every 1.58 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA's most recent data shows that in the United States there is an automobile crash every 436,000 miles.* *Note: Since we released our Q3 report, NHTSA has released new data, which we've referenced in our Q4 report.