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Published on December 31st, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

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EU Regulations Make Tesla Smart Summon “Nearly Useless”

December 31st, 2019 by  


EU regulations are making Tesla’s Smart Summon nearly useless, for the time being. Stéphane Rodrigues shares a tweet with us in which he tests Smart Summon in Europe. He says in the tweet that it’s nearly useless, but it’s encouraging. Rodrigues tells me that due to EU regulatory laws, the smartphone must be less than 6 meters from the car and the total distance traveled can’t exceed 20 meters.

This means that you need to be really close to the car in order to summon it. So, in the case of a US Tesla owner who was locked out of the parking garage his Tesla was in, if he were in Europe, he wouldn’t have been able to summon his car out of the garage.

“I am very excited to have Smart Summon, but it is honestly useless for now,” Stephane tells me. “Autopilot is limited, too, in Europe. I think the laws will change soon. All the more if big German automakers develop the same kind of technology.”

In a Reddit discussion, some commented that there is a petition to change the EU regulations. Governments are supposed to protect the people via laws, but sometimes these laws end up being proven outdated or just plain dumb, while in other cases the laws are just and needed. Hopefully lawmakers around the world will come to their senses and realize that Smart Summon is a good thing and improve regulations on this topic. If you’re in the EU, sign this petition to push for that.

 
 

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Johnna Crider is a Baton Rouge artist, gem and mineral collector, and Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter



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