Tesla Expected to Release 'Actually Smart Summon' and 'Tap to Park' Updates Next Month

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Smart summon in April update
Smart summon in April update

Elon Musk announced that Tesla will finally reintroduce Smart Summon and Autopark to its vehicles. According to the CEO, these features are scheduled for release in April. Tesla removed ultrasonic sensors (USS) from their vehicles in 2022, and with it removed several features, including Autopark, Smart Summon and Park Assist. However, since then, they’ve added High Fidelity Park Assist, a feature that recreates the surrounding environment in 3D. Although, it’s currently only available to vehicles without USS, that’s expected to change in the near future, and could also come bundled in with the new Autopark feature.

This update in April is not only expected bring these features back to vehicles without ultrasonic sensors, but Tesla is also expected to release drastically improved versions of these features, known as Actually Smart Summon and Tap to Park.

Major improvements coming for Summon & Banish (Autopark) next month - Elon Musk

Improved Autopark

Greentheonly, who regularly decompiles Tesla firmware, has indicated that Tesla's latest software, version 2024.8, already contains the code necessary for these new features, but they need to be remotely activated by Tesla. Additionally, Green says the new Autopark system will offer users the choice between parallel and perpendicular parking options. The new Autopark is expected to let drivers visually select a parking spot, exit the vehicle, and let it park itself.

New ‘Tap to Park’ Feature

With the introduction of High Fidelity Park Assist, Tesla laid the groundwork for more sophisticated features like "Tap to Park."

Tap to Park builds on the original concept of Park Seek, a feature discussed by Tesla in October 2022 that aimed to automate the parking spot search process. While the initial vision for Park Seek suggested a vehicle could autonomously search for parking, "Tap to Park" simplifies this idea.

With the deployment of FSD Beta v12.3 going to more users this weekend, the company continues to leverage AI to reduce code in favor of neural networks trained with real-world driving data.

Just last week, Musk posted on X: "Really cool stuff coming both this month and next." Since that post, FSD beta version 12.3 has started going to more users, and now it seems two other long overdue and highly anticipated updates are coming with Actually Smart Summon and Tap to Park. Still no word on auto wiper improvements.

Tesla Is Ending Its Current Referral Program; New Version Will Arrive in “A Few Months”

By Cláudio Afonso
Tesla's Referral Program
Tesla's Referral Program
Not a Tesla App

Tesla shared on X that it’s ending its current referral program globally by the end of April. It’ll be replaced by a new one, but that is still “a few months away”, according to CEO Elon Musk.

When Musk was asked if the current credits would be lost, Musk responded by saying “No, just that new credits would not be earned until we launch a future referral program.” That means there’ll be a gap of a couple of months when owners will not be able to earn referral credits.

Tesla was always famous for relying on its community to promote its vehicles rather than spending millions (or even billions) in ad campaigns.

Through Tesla’s referral program — which started back in 2015— customers have been earning referral credits by having friends use their referral link when ordering a Tesla product or taking their first demo drive. At the time, it started with a direct $1,000 prize for the referrer but later evolved to a more complex system with different tiers and points.

Prizes have changed a lot over the years

In its latest version, scheduled to end by the end of the month, Tesla models (S, X, and Y), along with Powerwall, solar panels, and solar roofs, are available for purchase using a referral link. In this version, owners can redeem credits from merchandise to software upgrades for their vehicles. They can even redeem credits for several months free of Premium Connectivity or FSD.

The Evolution of the Referral Program

Tesla’s first referral program was released in July 2015 where customers who referred new buyers would receive $1,000 for every new Tesla Model S delivered. For those who were able to accrue 5 or 10 referrals for the US automaker, Tesla raised the bar and offered invitations to the opening of its Giga Factories or even a fully loaded Model X.

Over the first 2 years, Tesla significantly increased the value of the prizes and even offered free or discounted Roadsters with enough referrals. However, in 2019, Elon Musk decided to stop amid cost concerns.

The referral program was re-launched in late 2019 offering new buyers free supercharging for a period of time, FSD access, premium connectivity, or $500 off a new vehicle.

What’s Next

Given the considerable gap of “a few months” between the current program and the next one, it is expected that Tesla will bring a new structure with updated awards focused on minimizing Tesla’s cost while increasing the brand’s awareness.

Written by Cláudio Afonso | Info@claudio-afonso.com | LinkedIn | X

Tesla Reduces the Price of FSD and Various Models in the U.S. and Canada

By Cláudio Afonso

Tesla has reduced the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software, dropping it from $12,000 to $8,000 for customers in the United States and from CA$16,000 to CA$11,000 in Canada. This move follows the recent 50% reduction in the subscription price announced on April 12.

Enhanced Autopilot Changes

The cost to upgrade from Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) to FSD has also been cut and is now a $2,000 upgrade for U.S. customers and CA$2,750 in Canada. EAP has also been removed as an option completely from Tesla’s site. Customers’ only option to get more advanced driver assist features in the U.S. and Canada is to now buy FSD.

In 2016, Enhanced Autopilot started at $5,000 while FSD was an extra $3,000. At the time, Enhanced Autopilot included features including Autosteer, Summon, and AutoPark, while more recently it also added Auto Lane Change and Navigate on Autopilot, which has the vehicle change lanes for you to remain on route to your destination.

Earlier this month, Tesla implemented a 50% price reduction for FSD subscriptions in the U.S. and introduced the subscription model in Canada at a great value of CA$99 per month.

FSD Price History

 In April 2019, Basic Autopilot was added to every Tesla vehicle, which included Autosteer and Tesla restructured their Enhanced Autopilot and FSD offerings. The price of FSD slowly climbed from $5,000 USD in 2019 to a high of $15,000 USD in September 2022 before trending downward.

Date

FSD Cost

April 2019

$5,000

May 2019

$6,000

August 2019

$7,000

July 2020

$8,000

October 2020

$10,000

January 2022

$12,000

September 2022

$15,000

September 2023

$12,000

April 2024

$8,000

Subscribe or Buy?

With the previous pricing of $12,000 in the United States, Tesla customers who subscribed to FSD for $99 a month would need more than 10 years to reach the purchase price. With the updated price of $8,000, that drops to about 6 and a half years. It’s worth noting that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years.

This decision follows Elon Musk’s recent initiative to offer FSD demonstrations to all customers in North America upon vehicle delivery. In a recent communication, the Tesla CEO emphasized the importance of FSD, stating that it had become mandatory in North America to conduct a brief FSD test ride with customers before handing over the vehicle.

In the same email, Musk added that “almost no one actually realizes how well (supervised) FSD actually works” while recognizing that the measure could “slow down the delivery process”.

Price Cuts

On Saturday, Tesla also cut prices by nearly $2,000 on the Model S, Model X, and Model Y in the U.S. The Model Y now starts at $42,990 before government incentives. Tesla has also begun reducing finance rates in various markets, which could make their way to North America in the near future.

Written by Cláudio Afonso | info@claudio-afonso.com | LinkedIn | X

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