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    Videos: Driverless Tesla Travels on Wrong Side of Road Using ‘Smart Summon’ Feature

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    A video shared online this week shows a driverless Tesla Model 3 car going down the wrong side of the road in a shopping center parking lot in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province.

    The car’s “Smart Summon” feature was activated during the incident. The feature, which was launched in September, allows a Tesla owner to literally “summon” their car using the Tesla app on their phone. The car will drive itself to the driver from a maximum distance of 200 feet.

    According to Tesla’s website, Smart Summon is the “perfect feature to use if you have an overflowing shopping cart, are dealing with a fussy child, or simply don’t want to walk to your car through the rain.” 

    The feature was released in late September, and on October 2, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that it had been used more than 550,000 times since its debut.

    However, it appears as though Smart Summon still needs some work, as many Tesla owners have shared their experiences of the technology failing.

    ​“It is not quite ready yet. It is not safe for the regular person on the road,” Fred Barez, an engineering professor at San Jose State, told CBS last month, also noting that the feature is another instance of Tesla beta testing its features on cars citizens are driving in the real world, rather than in controlled environments.

    “You might be able to do this on your own campus. You might be able to do this at a deserted location, but if you’re talking about a parking lot at a big shopping mall, I think you’re playing with danger,” said Barez.

    Tesla has also warned users to exercise caution when using the Smart Summon feature.

    “You are still responsible for your car and must monitor it and its surroundings at all times and be within your line of sight because it may not detect all obstacles. Be especially careful around quick moving people, bicycles and cars," the company’s website states.

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