Tesla cars, the luxury electric vehicles, can now park themselves in your garage and could also, in a couple of years, drive across the country to pick you up.
In a software update released Sunday, Tesla has given its Model S and Model X vehicles the ability to open your garage door, enter, park and shut down. The only human intervention would be one click of a button. In the morning when you wake up and the walk out the front door, you could just "summon" your car with another button click.
The feature called Summon is laying the groundwork for much bigger plans however. Tesla boss Elon Musk said that within two years, people would be able to call their vehicle to drive itself from your home to meet you anywhere in the country – and charge itself along the way.
In a conference call ahead of the Detroit Motor Show, Musk gave the example of a customer in Los Angeles being able to summon their car to New York, all from their phone. It will synch with your calendar to know exactly when to arrive, Tesla said in a separate press release.
He followed up with a tweet reiterating his vision.
Tesla has asked customers to test the new feature on private property and owners of the Model S and Model X have posted videos online showing how it works.