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Why no Summon in the UK? Will we ever get it?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ianBlackburn, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. ianBlackburn

    ianBlackburn Member

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    Anyone know why this has not received regulatory approval for the UK as yet? My delivery specialist was sceptical it ever would, since it took so long, apparently, to get approval for AutoPilot.

    Would be a massive shame if it is blocked since it opens the door to much more in the future (which could be the issue I guess!)
     
  2. mgboyes

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    I think it's safe to assume that the average DS is not particularly well briefed on the details of regulatory approvals progress.

    Autopilot in the EU was only a few weeks delayed after the US, so I'm not sure where this claim of it taking "so long" originates from.

    And summon is not available anywhere except the US. Even Canadian cars don't have it yet. There's really no evidence that there's any UK-specific issue here at all.

    All in all I think leaping to a conclusion that it might never come to the UK is a bit premature.

    In the words of our great and glorious leader, I expect we will get it "soon".
     
  3. ianBlackburn

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    haha -yes I guess that is correct. I agree with your other points too; fingers crossed it arrives "soon" then :)
     
  4. Whitmarsh

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    I'm interested to know why you want it; many people in the US think it's nice but not a lot of practical use. Narrow garage, perhaps. One little snag is that, if you want to whistle it out in the morning, you first have to go into the garage anyway to disconnect it.
     
  5. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    In Paris, Elon Musk said that in the EU they can't just have it in the car, and say "only use it on private property". The regulations as written mean that it needs explicit approval and they're working on it. He said maybe 3 weeks.

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    I'd think that the real value is for parking in tight parking spots. Ever decided not to take a spot because the driver wouldn't be able to get in or out? I know we have.
     
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    More so I would use it to get OUT of spots where I parked with plenty of space (happened last night) and someone else parked close to me making it difficult to enter the vehicle fo myself and passengers.
     
  7. mgboyes

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    I don't want summon v1. It's a first step along a road, and doesn't have any great value to start with. I can't think of a time I'd use it except for the novelty (mostly because of the charging cable issue as you say; the car is always plugged in overnight).

    What I want to is to know that summon v1 is permitted in the UK, since summon v4 (when it will integrate with the robo-charging snake and come out of the garage before driving around to the front door and waiting) is going to be awesome.

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    No, I've decided not to take a parking spot because the driver wouldn't be able to get out which in turn means I wouldn't trust the adjacent car owners not to dent my car. Summon doesn't help you when the idiots either side come back and start bashing you with their doors.

    It will be very helpful for TM to store cars more densely at service centres though!
     
  8. ianBlackburn

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    Good question - I'm not sure myself in it's current version. However it represents something bigger and a move towards more autonomy, and without this first baby step, we could be at a dead end.

    The vision of "summoning" your car from your bed (or automatically from your calendar), so it is waiting outside for you warmed up and ready to go, is compelling; and it sounds like the future, but it also seems pretty feasible on private property. I agree we would need more to make this a reality now, the snake charger being a key one (and the ability to close the charge port door automatically too I guess - don't think that is currently possible?). But imagine the media attention Tesla would get when that is a reality :)
     
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    I live in the UK.
    Will the summon feature in the remote S App work in the UK?
     
  10. BertL

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    You asked this in another thread as well. Caught you! ;). Answer: It won't work for you until your MS has first been enabled by Tesala for Summon.
     

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