Tesla crashes into private jet after Smart Summon

Occurred: April 2022

A Tesla crashed into a private jet after being 'summoned' by its owner using the car maker’s automated summoning feature. 

Smart Summon enables a Tesla owner to 'summon' their vehicle from its parking space using Tesla's smartphone app from a maximum distance of 200 feet. The car will navigate around obstacles to its owner. 

The incident occurred at an event sponsored by aircraft manufacturer Cirrus at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington, and the video appears to show the Tesla slowly crashing into and then pushing the Cirrus Vision jet across the tarmac. 

First introduced in 2019, Smart Summons has been on the receiving end of complaints by owners and pedestrians about near crashes, confused cars, and bumper damage.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has described Smart Summon as 'probably our most viral feature ever.'

Developer: Tesla
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Summon car
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: April 2022