A video was posted on Reddit Thursday that appears to present a Tesla vehicle slowly crashing into a $3.5 million private jet after being “summoned” by its proprietor using the automaker’s automated parking function.
The Reddit person (who didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark) mentioned the incident befell at an occasion sponsored by plane producer Cirrus at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington.
The smartphone video appears to seize safety digicam footage of the Tesla slowly crashing into after which really pushing the Cirrus Vision Jet throughout the tarmac. A spokesperson for Felts Field additionally didn’t reply to a request for remark.
According to the poster, the Tesla proprietor was using the “Smart Summon” function that allows a Tesla vehicle to depart a parking area and navigate round obstacles to its proprietor. Using simply the Tesla app in your smartphone, you may “summon” your automobile to you from a most distance of 200 ft, so long as the automobile is inside your line of sight.
The Reddit person mentioned additionally they personal a Tesla Model Y however weren’t the “poor soul (with poor decision making abilities) who summoned his Tesla around several expensive aircraft – only to crash it into the most expensive one ($3,500,000)!”
Smart Summon was first rolled out in 2019, and Tesla house owners instantly started posting movies of near-crashes or confused, slow-moving autos. One Tesla proprietor tweeted about “front bumper damage” whereas one other claimed their Model 3 “ran into the side of [a] garage.”
A video of a near-collision with a rushing SUV left the proprietor feeling their take a look at of Smart Summon “didn’t go so well.” Another Tesla was filmed by pedestrians and other people in different automobiles seeming confused because it tried to make its approach throughout a Walmart parking zone.
A newer model of the function permits house owners to summon their Tesla autos from additional away and may navigate extra complicated parking environments, in accordance to Electrek. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has described Smart Summon as the corporate’s “most viral feature ever.”