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Tesla owners will soon be able to control their car from their phone

An upgrade to Tesla’s Summon feature will be rolled out to all Tesla cars made in the past two years

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Tesla chief executive Elon Musk says Tesla owners will be able to control their cars from their phones in less than six weeks, thanks to forthcoming upgrades to the electric automaker’s self-parking Summon feature.

“Tesla advanced Summon ready in ~6 weeks! Just an over-the-air software upgrade, so will work on all cars made in past 2 years (Autopilot hardware V2+),” Musk said in a tweet last night.

"Car will drive to your phone location & follow you like a pet if you hold down summon button on Tesla app," he added.

‘Like RC Cars’

Currently, Tesla’s Summon feature scopes out potential parking spots for Model S drivers, then moves the vehicle into the chosen spot.

The new features, which will come via an over-the-air software update, will let Tesla owners drive their car from their phone “remotely like a big RC car if in line of sight,” Musk said. He added that the feature could work from long distances, but users are required to keep it in their line of sight for safety reasons.

The new updates, dubbed Advanced Summon, will imbue Tesla vehicles with the ability to drive around a parking lot, select a spot, and read parking signs without driver assistance, Musk said.

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