Genius Tesla owner avoids parking tickets with remote control
A Tesla owner has figured out an excellent way to park at his downtown office all day for free, and all it requires him to do is walk over to a window and push a few buttons on his Tesla smartphone app.
Owner D Shawn Kennedy used the “Summon” function of his Tesla Model 3 to move it back and forth between street parking spots to avoid paying a ticket for staying past the two-hour limit.
The Summon feature lets owners move the car back and forth from outside the vehicle; it will soon be upgraded so the Model S or X can fully park, or un-park, itself to meet you at your front door.
Kennedy posted a video of his genius on Twitter, which elicited a response from Elon Musk himself: “Cool, haha.”
Musk then went on to explain that by next year the Summon feature “should be able to drive around a parking lot, find an empty spot, read signs to confirm it’s valid & park.”
The feature is available in every Tesla model, part of the US$5,000 “enhanced Autopilot package.” Kennedy paid for the extra feature but states in his tweet “I was not sure when I would use this feature… till today.”
Excellent forethought on Kennedy’s part, and we hope that internet stardom from 39,000 likes and 7,000 retweets doesn’t garner too much attention from the local meter maids.