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Model X Reverse Summon w/FSD into my Garage - what does it see?

BenBethel

Member
Dec 31, 2017
75
51
Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona
I use reverse summon and summon to get my 2020 Model X Long Range Plus w/FSD - my garage has about 6" of clearance on each side, but often it wants to steer right or left and crash into my garage... this also happened with my previous 2016 Model X P100DL+ with FSD... ARGH. I've had it totally crunch into my garage sides...

Does anyone have any information on what the vehicle "sees" - my garage is white, so I stuck some 'bumpers' on the side of the garage at the sensor height - they've got reflective red/yellow/black diagonal stripes... I figured it'd "see" this for sure. Should I try something that the camera sees or something that the sensors see? There's got to be *something* that the vehicle senses that indicates "hey there's an obstacle here, don't hit it!!!".

I've been hoping to get this resolved for a very, very long time - we're talking several years now. About 75% of the time, the X wants to hit the garage and I have to stop the summon - sometimes with just 1/8" from disaster. I really hope that one day the X could not just do this straight on, but I could just pull into my drive and it will make the necessary turns to get in and out of the garage because it really is a marvelous feature when it works right!
 

jdw

Supporting Member
Jun 1, 2015
687
1,314
Vancouver
As far as I know, regular Summon only uses the ultrasonic sensors and no cameras are involved. As there are no sensors on the side, it is prone to hitting things like door entrances and pillars.
 

BenBethel

Member
Dec 31, 2017
75
51
Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona
As far as I know, regular Summon only uses the ultrasonic sensors and no cameras are involved. As there are no sensors on the side, it is prone to hitting things like door entrances and pillars.

I wonder if they 'see' something better than others - instead of the wood that my garage is made of, should I put an iron bar in there... kryptonite, a mirror? Perhaps it senses iron or metal much better than wood? I'm almost thinking of putting a section of sheet metal before the garage opening on each side, up to 24" in height that might act as a better 'guide' into the garage.
 

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