There’s been a lot of discussion lately after Tesla disproved one man’s claim that his Model S automatically drove itself into the back of a semi-trailer.
Jared Overton’s account of what happened was that he parked his Model S behind a trailer before heading into a nearby store. Upon return to his vehicle, Overton saw his Model S had wedged itself underneath the back of trailer resulting in $700 of windshield damage.
Tesla quickly returned fire by starting that the accident was a “result of the driver not being properly attentive to the vehicle’s surroundings while using the Summon feature”. So how could something like this happen?
Model S owner and YouTube veteran KmanAuto demonstrates how inadvertent triggering of Tesla Summon may have caused Overton’s accident.
KmanAuto’s video provides a great re-enactment of the events that may have led to the Model S driving itself into the trailer. The actions demonstrated in the video is inline with Tesla’s position that Overton used the Summon feature. According to a Tesla spokesperson, “[Overton] initiated a double-press of the gear selector stalk button, shifting from Drive to Park and requesting Summon activation”.
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