New ‘Standby’ Mode Speeds Up Tesla’s Enhanced Summon

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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Following complaints by some of its owners, Tesla is working to make its Enhanced Summon feature a bit faster.

  • Tesla’s slow-to-react Enhanced Summon, which will pick up the driver up to 150 away, got an important update: Summon Standby.
  • Summon Standby keeps the sensors, cameras, and computers powered to reduce the amount of time required to begin Summon.
  • Although it burns through onboard charge levels, it enables Summon to activate more quickly.

Tesla has, according to a report from Electrek, reportedly pushed an update to some of its owners’ vehicles enrolled in the brand’s ‘Early Access Program’ that includes a new Summon Standby mode for Enhanced Summon. According to the update, “Summon Standby will keep the sensors, cameras, and computers powered to reduce the amount of time required to begin Summon.”

However, the increased response time of Summon comes with a downside: It’s a power suck. With all those systems whirring away while you’re inside your home or office, onboard power supplies are slowly frittered away. Accordingly Summon Standby will disengage when the Tesla’s battery drops below 20% charge.

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Tesla Enhanced Summon enables the vehicle to drive itself to the owner up to 150 feet away. | Photo: Tesla

 

For those unaware of Enhanced Summon, it takes up on the original Summon feature and expands its capability. Summon allowed Teslas to autonomously pull themselves out of a home garage bay or a tight parking spot if the owner was standing nearby. Enhanced Summon enabled the vehicles to pick up the driver in a parking lot up to 150 feet — albeit very slowly. Not only did the vehicles move rather slowly, engaging the process took time, as the systems that govern Summon needed time to fire up and get up to speed before engaging.

And it was that leisurely pace that lead some Tesla owners to complain. In turn, Tesla created Summon Standby.

So if you ever see a Tesla slowly and autonomously crawling through a parking lot, now you’ll know why.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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