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What do people use "summon" for

ngeadah

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Apr 24, 2018
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Clifton VA
I found limited uses for it. I do back out the car from the garage to the driveway, so that I can enter the car without risk of slamming the door into anything. I'm not able to self park in my garage since the garage has a "lip" on the ground, and I guess the lip is tall enough to make the car think it's an obstacle... What are some really good uses of summon besides just showing off to your friends of course.
 

bugout

Member
Feb 8, 2018
56
99
NYC Metro
I use it for backing out of the garage and backing out of a parking space if someone parked too close. It's also handy to move it out of a space if it rained and there's a big puddle to avoid.
 

BerTX

Supporting Member
May 2, 2014
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Texas/Washington
I pretty much use it for two things: pulling the car back into the garage after washing it to avoid wet shoes on freshly vacuumed carpet, and pulling in fully into a nose-in parking space without hitting a curb.
 

ngeadah

Member
Apr 24, 2018
20
9
Clifton VA
I pretty much use it for two things: pulling the car back into the garage after washing it to avoid wet shoes on freshly vacuumed carpet, and pulling in fully into a nose-in parking space without hitting a curb.

About that... Hitting a curb... What are the best ways not to hit a curb when parallel parking or parking into a spot that has a concrete divider? Any features built into the car to help me avoid those obstacles? I did not notice any.
 

BerTX

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May 2, 2014
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3,566
Texas/Washington
About that... Hitting a curb... What are the best ways not to hit a curb when parallel parking or parking into a spot that has a concrete divider? Any features built into the car to help me avoid those obstacles? I did not notice any.
I can't answer your question, sorry. I'm one of those people who will walk a half mile to park in a safe place rather than force the car into a spot. I don't parallel park. Backing into spots gives you the camera to watch, so that helps.
 

SM18

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Dec 10, 2014
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Los Angeles, California
It's handy for letting the car pull itself into a tight spot that would make it difficult or impossible to open doors in. Great for getting out when people park too close as well. Good for avoiding puddles under the car. If you park head-in and realize you want to get something out of the front trunk, you can also use summon to inch it back a little to give you more room. I tend to park further in if head-in is required to minimize odds of getting scraped/hit in back.
 
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Oct 12, 2017
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Los Angeles
Everyday to pull the car out of the garage so I can use the gym with extra floor space/training area. Easy enough to just hop in the car, but summon makes it easier and faster as I can do other things while the car leaves the garage. Time is money.
 

Darmie

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Jan 13, 2016
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Clear Lake TX.
i love playing with the autopark. Not that I have a big family or many people in the back seat, this feature comes in handy to allow everyone to exit the car, walk away and allow the car park by itself.

 

HKRied

Member
Aug 4, 2017
20
7
NY
I found limited uses for it. I do back out the car from the garage to the driveway, so that I can enter the car without risk of slamming the door into anything. I'm not able to self park in my garage since the garage has a "lip" on the ground, and I guess the lip is tall enough to make the car think it's an obstacle... What are some really good uses of summon besides just showing off to your friends of course.
 

unbelievable

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Sep 27, 2017
215
244
London
I wouldn't be able to own a Model S if it weren't for summon. For various reasons my only possible charging location is inside my garage, and that's too tight to drive into and be able to exit the vehicle. I use summon to back the car in and out.
 
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wdolson

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Jul 24, 2015
7,650
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Clark Co, WA
I occasionally use it to back out of the garage. I've used it to pull out of a tight parking space a couple of times.

One time someone was here to work on the garage and I backed out both cars at once (nobody noticed). I also use it as a "dumb Tesla trick" to mess with people sometimes.

I never use it to pull into anyplace.
 

Blu Zap

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Oct 1, 2014
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703
San Rafael, CA.
Use it all the time. My parking spot in the apartment carport has a wall next to it. So park close to that. For passengers, i back it out with summon so they can get in.
 

smk23us

Member
Feb 7, 2018
14
11
Poland
I dont know why, but 9 in 10 tries when i try to summon i get "summon failed" message.
Mirrors fold, lights blink, handbreak goes off and than it stops.
Simillar story with autopark. Parking spot icon was shown only few times. I'm driving under 15km/h past the parking spot, but in 99% it fails to recocnize it.
Both features are useless to me. Or maybe i'm doing something wrong?
I've got AP1 car
 

whitex

Well-Known Member
Sep 30, 2015
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Seattle area, WA
I never enabled it (in Settings) on any of our cars, not even to play around. I had enough close calls with the few times I tried auto-park (out of 5 times or so, it managed to not scrape the curb once). Of course I also read the fine print, any damage is on me and even if it was covered, I really don't want the hassle of waiting for parts.
 

Axael

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Feb 15, 2017
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Belgium
Summon here in Belgium (and for me) is rather useless at the moment: it only can be operated using the mobile app (not with the keyfob nor before leaving the car) and it won't enter my garage because it's too narrow...
 
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