Tesla’s Smart Summon is a US-only feature (for now)

Overnight Tesla starting rolling out Version 10.0 of their in-vehicle software, using their powerful over-the-air technology. Those who purchased FSD now find themselves in the early access program which means they’ll be seeing the software update first.

The software will continue to roll out across the globe, but it is important to stop for a second and discuss just how many of the features will make it to Australia.

What we can confirm is that Tesla Theatre will be available in Australia and New Zealand an include Netflix, YouTube and Hulu

Currently Smart Summon is rolling out just to the U.S. market. While that makes us super jealous in Australia, it is understandable as Tesla pushes up against our slow-moving legal system.

Tesla has provided a statement on the future of Smart Summon globally, saying ‘We are working to bring it to other markets soon.

What soon means exactly is only a guess. It’s easy to see this falling into 2020, however, their website order page for the Model 3 does currently list Summon under the list of features arriving later this year. It’s really cool technology that shows just how far ahead of the rest of the industry that Tesla are, as no other automaker are even talking about features like Smart Summon.

What is great news is the change for Model 3 SR+ customers. At the end of the Australian blog post for V10.0, Tesla list this gem.

Streaming Media & Browser Support Coming to all Model 3 Vehicles
To take advantage of the advanced media features in Software Version 10.0, we are also enabling browser access on all Model 3 Standard Range Plus and Standard Range vehicles. The update will also enable streaming media access to Spotify, TuneIn, and Slacker while connected to WiFi for these cars.

In terms of what we’re missing out on (at least initially), let’s take a look at what Smart Summon can do for you.


While Smart Summon enables your car to come and pick you up, navigating the complex environments of parking lots, it’s perhaps the drop off that’s a little more exciting. Imagine driving up to a shopping center, getting out, then pressing a button on your phone to command your car to go park itself. That feels pretty futuristic to me.

In this implementation, you have to maintain a line of sight to the vehicle and press and hold the button in the app to enable your car to move without anyone inside. Release the button, the car stops, a person walks in the way, the car stops, another car cuts you off, the car stops.

The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates.

Smart Summon works from the Tesla app and uses your phone’s GPS to provide a destination for your car. You must be within approximately 200 feet of your car. That’s actually a very healthy range, far more than the limitation of the initial Summon release that required you to be within a couple of meters to move the car forward and reverse.

Like Summon, Smart Summon is only intended for use in private parking lots and driveways.

Of course, there’s loads of other features in V10.0 listed below.

Check out a few screenshots from the V10.0 update.

Tesla says to receive this update as quickly as possible, make sure your car is connected to Wi-Fi. You’ll automatically receive Version 10.0 when it’s ready for your car based on your location and vehicle configuration — there is no need to request the update.

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Jason Cartwright
Jason Cartwrighthttp://techau.com.au/author/jason/
Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021


  1. I’ve used phone-based GPS extensively in Sydney (for example) and the tall buildings regularly fling my phone’s perceived GPS position anywhere from 5 to 150 metres from where I actually am. And changes erratically until I move to somewhere with better “GPS reception”, so to speak.

    What does the summon feature think of that?

    Should someone in charge of Sydney infrastructure/city services be trying to add some land-based GPS additional reference point? (see details of USA ports that have done so, to enable very accurate ship movements).

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