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2019 TESLA MODEL X SMART SUMMON FAIL - HITS A POST!!!

Dynamite647

Member
Nov 9, 2020
27
25
Canada
Well as the title suggests, it happened on the 2nd time using this feature. Before going further it is my first time posting here and my first time with a Model X (my brothers car). Model X is amazing car as it is and we were excited to use the Smart Summon feature but it failed on us. I really hope it is worked on further to be improved. Detail description and video link below.


Got a new 2019 Tesla Model X LR with FSD that comes with the smart Summon Feature. We started the feature in a empty parking lot at night time (around 8:00pm). No cars of people in the area just curbs and sign posts. Thought the car would very easily navigate this obstacle course and easily summon. The first summon worked very well, it turned right, avoided a sign post and came to the correct spot. The 2nd attempt did not go so well, it avoid the 1st sign post but hit the second one. Luckily the car noticed its mistake at the last moment and stopped right in front of the post, luckily the damage was only to the bottom front of the plastic trim piece (a small line/dent). Good think it did not hit a person. This was my first time trying this feature and probably will not try it again in a while!!! **Car was clean, sensors and camera were clean, connected to iPhone 11 and connection was 100% stable, charge on car was over 50%, area had a lot of light.
 

cypho

Member
Dec 20, 2018
772
907
USA
Even the first time when it didn't crash it was really bad. It cut through parking spaces instead of staying in the driving lane.
 

Tam

Well-Known Member
Nov 25, 2012
8,746
7,559
Visalia, CA
...night time (around 8:00pm)...area had a lot of light.

Would you think it would work better in bright daylight? It still looks dark with night lights to me.

...sign posts...

You chose a parking lot with so many thin posts. Would you think it would work better bigger, wider posts like the concrete ones?

...The first summon worked very well...

I agree with @cypho that the first summon worked terribly because as a machine, it needs to follow its protocol and obeys all traffic laws and it should not cut across painted lines.

...This was my first time...

Many have posted smart summon when it first came out and had pretty much the same result as you did: It turns out that it is not "smart" after all!
 

DoctorVenkman

Member
Jul 29, 2018
428
520
Los Angeles
The harsh truth: smart summon is nothing but a half-baked gimmick, and true FSD is probably still years away. It's still an amazing vehicle without those features though. Hope your brother enjoys it.
 

Dynamite647

Member
Nov 9, 2020
27
25
Canada
Would you think it would work better in bright daylight? It still looks dark with night lights to me.



You chose a parking lot with so many thin posts. Would you think it would work better bigger, wider posts like the concrete ones?



I agree with @cypho that the first summon worked terribly because as a machine, it needs to follow its protocol and obeys all traffic laws and it should not cut across painted lines.



Many have posted smart summon when it first came out and had pretty much the same result as you did: It turns out that it is not "smart" after all!
The truth is it is far from perfect and should not really be used. I have a lot of summon videos where the car just cuts across any open space instead of following a path. Lets hope it is improved!! Not sure if more light would have helped but I am not trying again in daylight haha!
 

fambam

New Member
Nov 10, 2020
2
0
Indiana
Not fully related but whenever i use smart summon the windshield wipers always turn on and keep wiping through the entire summon. Does anyone else have this issue?
 

fambam

New Member
Nov 10, 2020
2
0
Indiana
That is super strange, maybe report it to Tesla!!
I did report it, took it to a service center and they said its because the windshield around the front facing camera is dirty. But tried it several times after washing car with the same result. Not really a big deal i guess but still annoying
 

cobra

Member
Feb 8, 2021
156
29
Lansdale, PA, USA
Not fully related but whenever i use smart summon the windshield wipers always turn on and keep wiping through the entire summon. Does anyone else have this issue?
Just saw this as well. Had used wipers earlier in the day to clean dust on windshield, so wondered what it was doing. It stopped after the car was done moving. Odd.
 

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