It's been more than a year that Tesla had been chasing after another achievement, and finally, it pulled it off. It's the patent for the Smart Summon feature, which quite literally overwhelmed many people, is finally obtained by Tesla.
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The application was filed last year on February 11 and the patent has been published only recently, on August 13, 2020.
Back in September 2019, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk's thoughts on the feature were visionary, as they attempted to make it unique to the company.
Probably our most viral feature ever. Most of the Autopilot team has been working on this, led by Ashok, CJ, Andrej & many others.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 30, 2019
"For example, a user provides a location by dropping a pin on a graphical map user interface at the destination location," the feature is explained in the patent. "As another example, a user summons the vehicle to the user's location by specifying the user's location as the destination location."
A CEO and an inventor
The feature lets the users summon their Tesla from 200 ft (60m) away at maximum, and as long as the car is in sight. The automobiles are capable of arriving at a location provided by the user, or simply driving to the user. Still, the debates are carried on whether the feature is completely free of bugs.
The recently filled out patent involves 18 people from different cities in California. You may guess the unexpected inventor on the list easily: it's Elon Musk himself. With no expectation of him to be involved in the list of inventors, it was actually excepted at some point that he came out as the mastermind in his previous ideas.
Never settling for less
As for the background of the invention, the company reveals many precedents that they got inspired by. The documentation puts an emphasis on the limited maneuverability of the remotely operated vehicles and how they want to change that.
This futuristic feature is currently available for Model S, Model X, and Model 3. Clearly, people expect Tesla to install Smart Summon to more models in the future.