Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
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Tesla produced a record-breaking 96155 cars last quarter

Tesla produced a record-breaking 96155 cars last quarter

Automated driving features are one way Tesla hopes to stay ahead of traditional automakers, which have been more conservative about enabling vehicles to operate without drivers.

Smart Summon allows Tesla vehicles with the most robust version of the Autopilot driver-assistance system to drive in parking lots without anyone in the auto. While production problems initially hampered sales, some investors now worry about soft demand for the vehicle, as well as waning sales of its higher-end vehicles that are more profitable for Tesla.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk today boasted on Twitter that Smart Summon has been used over 550,000 times in the first few days of its release, saying it was "probably our most viral feature ever".

Since Summon began to roll out as part of a software update last week, some Tesla owners have expressed excitement about the feature's performance, while others have posted videos showing the feature malfunctioning.

Some Tesla owners have been blown away when testing the new Smart Summon feature in areas where there are no moving objects.

Another Twitter user, Mark Solomon, also posted a video that showed his auto was not able to park itself properly using the feature.

In other footage, a Tesla driving out of a space in a crowded parking lot was bumped by another vehicle, while another shows a struggling Tesla momentarily blocking traffic in a shopping square as it attempts to drive itself to its owner.

Smart Summon is exactly the feature Tesla needs right now. "Tried in my empty drive way".

"The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Wednesday it is aware of some minor crashes with the new feature. adding that the agency will not hesitate to act if it finds evidence of a safety-related defect".

Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.

But there is a growing collection of videos showing some Tesla vehicles successfully driving themselves through parking lots to their owner. One clip shows damage to a Tesla that struck a garage wall.

Tesla shares on Thursday were recently off 7 percent at $226.17. Earlier this year, a series of viral videos from across the country showed drivers asleep at the wheel while using Tesla's autopilot feature, which requires drivers to be alert while it's in use.

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