If you’ve ever played the Batman: Arkham Knight video game, then you know how awesome it is just to be able to summon your vehicle (in this case, the Batmobile) from afar. Now imagine how much better that would be in real life. Now stop imagining. Tesla made it happen, and all it takes is an app, the Apple Watch, and, of course, a Tesla Model S.
Tesla recently added a feature to the Model S that enables owners to summon the vehicle like they would a pet. The update, which comes with update v7.1 of the Model S, allows Model S owners to autonomously summon and park their Tesla car. They can even park or pull the car into the driveway when there’s a garage door in the equation. Even better, that feature now even extends to the Apple Watch.
A video uploaded by YouTube user Mark Schey last Thursday reveals just how cool Tesla’s summoning feature looks in action. The video shows Schey summoning his Model S with the tap of a button on his Apple Watch, followed by the Tesla autonomously opening the garage door, then backing out into the driveway, and finally, closing the garage door behind it. All it takes is the push of a button. In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, don’t act like you’re not impressed.
Rego Apps, the developer of the “Remote S for Tesla” app, even jumped into the comments under Schey’s video to congratulate him on successfully summoning his car with the app.
Hey! Developer of Remote S here. Congrats on being the first person in the world to summon a car from a watch! I actually didn’t have my Apple Watch with me when I was coding this feature, so I’m not the first person to be able to do this.
According to the Rego Apps employee who left the comment, the summoning capabilities of the app get even better. The employee left further instructions for Schey on how to activate the remote/keyless-start feature and summon the Model S without a key fob. Along with the instructions, the Rego Apps employee explains that following these steps would allow an owner to “summon the car without physically being near the car at all.”
One can only hope that more autonomous command features are in store for the upcoming Apple Watch 2.[Jalopnik]
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