Elon Musk said Tesla owners will be able to use their phones to summon their vehicles from 'across the continent' in a few years (TSLA)

Tesla owners will be able to summon their vehicles with their phones "from across the continent" in a few years, CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
  • "You can summon your Tesla from your phone. Only short distances today, but in a few years summon will work from across the continent," he

Tesla owners will be able to summon their vehicles with their phones "from across the continent" in a few years, CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday via Twitter.

The summon feature allows Tesla owners to move their vehicles forward or backward over short distances.

Musk has said Tesla owners will be able to control an increasing number of driving functions with their phones. In early November, he said

"Car will drive to your phone location & follow you like a pet if you hold down summon button on Tesla app," Musksaid.

"Also, you'll be able to drive it from your phone remotely like a big RC car if in line of sight," headded.

The forthcoming updates follow the introduction in October of a new Autopilot feature, called Navigate on Autopilot, that can recommend lane changes, navigate transitions between highways, and take exits, with driver supervision. Autopilot can also keep a car in its lane and adjust its speed based on surrounding traffic, among other features.

In early October, Consumer Reportsreleased its rankingsof four semiautonomous driver-assistance systems. The publication ranked Autopilot second, behind Cadillac's Super Cruise. Autopilot received the highest rating for capability and performance and ease of use but received the lowest rating for keeping drivers engaged.

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