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Tesla Model 3: Using Summon to Park and Retrieve your Vehicle

Tesla Model 3 2017-2024 Owner's Manual / Autopilot / Summon / Using Summon to Park and Retrieve your Vehicle

Follow these steps to use Summon to park your Model 3:

  • Align Model 3 within 39 feet (12 meters) of the parking space so Model 3 can follow a straight path into or out of the space in either Drive or Reverse.
  • From outside the vehicle, initiate the parking maneuver by touching Summon on the mobile app, then holding down the FORWARD or REVERSE button.

    Note: If the Require Continuous Press setting is NO, you do not need to hold down the button, just press and release.

    Note: You can also initiate the parking maneuver from inside the vehicle

Summon shifts Model 3 into Drive or Reverse (based on the direction you specified) and drives into or out of the parking space. When parking is complete, or if an obstacle is detected, Summon shifts Model 3 into Park.

Summon shifts Model 3 into Park when:

  • Model 3 detects an obstacle in its driving path (within the Bumper Clearance setting that you specified).
  • Summon has moved Model 3 the maximum distance of 39 feet (12 meters).
  • You release the FORWARD or REVERSE button (when Require Continuous Press is turned on).
  • You press any button to manually stop Summon.

If you used Summon to park Model 3, you can then use Summon to return Model 3 back to its original position (provided the vehicle has remained in Park), or to the maximum Summon Distance that you have specified (whichever comes first). Simply specify the opposite direction on the mobile app and Summon moves the vehicle along the original path, provided no obstructions have been introduced. If the ultrasonic sensors detect an obstacle, Summon attempts to avoid the obstacle while staying very close to its original path (Summon does not steer around obstacles).

Note: To move Summon multiple times in the same direction (not to exceed the maximum of 39 feet (12 meters), cancel Summon and then restart the parking process using the same direction.

Note: Although Summon can move Model 3 a short distance laterally to avoid an obstacle, it does not attempt to steer around an obstacle to return the vehicle to its original driving path. Only Smart Summon (if equipped) can steer the vehicle around objects.

Note: If you release the direction button on the mobile app, Summon stops moving Model 3.

Note: Summon requires that Model 3 can detect a valid key nearby.

Note: Summon requires that Model 3 can detect an authenticated phone nearby (Canada only).

Warning: Model 3 cannot detect obstacles that are located lower than the bumper, are very narrow, or are hanging from a ceiling (for example, bicycles). In addition, many unforeseen circumstances can impair Summon's ability to move in or out of a parking space and, as a result, Summon may not move Model 3 appropriately. Therefore, you must continually monitor the vehicle's movement and its surroundings and remain prepared to stop Model 3 at any time.

Operating Summon with the Key

Note: Using the key to operate Summon is available only in the United States.

Note: Summon may not operate if the key fob accessory's battery is low.

Follow these steps to park Model 3 from outside the vehicle using the key fob accessory:

  1. On the touchscreen, ensure that Require Continuous Press is disabled (touch Controls > Autopilot > Summon > Require Continuous Press > NO).
  2. With Model 3 in Park, stand within 10 feet (3 meters) and press and hold the top center button on the key fob accessory (Lock/Unlock All button) until the hazard lights blink continuously.

Note: The hazard lights flash once as Model 3 locks, then within five seconds, Model 3 powers on and the hazard lights flash continuously. Do not proceed to the next step until the hazard lights are flashing. If, after five seconds, the hazard lights are not flashing, release the button on the key fob accessory, move closer to Model 3, and try again. If Summon receives no further input within ten seconds, Summon cancels.

  1. Press the Front Trunk button on the key fob accessory to move Model 3 forward into the parking space, or press the Rear Trunk button to reverse Model 3 into the parking space.

Starting Summon Before Exiting the Vehicle

To start a Summon parking sequence before exiting Model 3:

  1. On the touchscreen, ensure that Require Continuous Press is disabled (touch Controls > Autopilot > Summon > Require Continuous Press > NO).
  2. Close all doors and trunks.
  3. With Model 3 powered on and the Park gear engaged, double press the Park button on the gear stalk. The touchscreen displays a popup window.
  4. On the touchscreen, choose the direction of travel.
  5. Exit Model 3 and close the driver's door.

Summon now moves Model 3 according to the direction you specified on the touchscreen.

Note: To cancel the parking maneuver before exiting, touch Cancel on the popup window.

Note: If you do not choose a direction of travel on the touchscreen, Summon does not start a parking maneuver when you exit.

Stopping or Canceling Summon

You can stop Model 3 at any time while Summon is active by using the mobile app or by pressing any button on the key fob accessory. Summon also cancels when:

  • A door handle is engaged or a door is opened.
  • You interact with the steering wheel, brake pedal, accelerator pedal, or gear stalk.
  • Model 3 detects an obstacle.
  • Summon has moved Model 3 the maximum distance of approximately 39 feet (12 meters).
  • Your phone enters sleep mode or loses connectivity to Model 3.


Summon is unlikely to operate as intended in the following types of situations:

  • The driving path is sloped. Summon is designed to operate on flat roads only (up to 10% grade).
  • A raised concrete edge is detected.

    Summon will not move the vehicle over an edge that is higher than approximately 1 in (2.5 cm).

  • One or more of the ultrasonic sensors is damaged, dirty, or obstructed (such as by mud, ice, or snow, or by a vehicle bra, excessive paint, or adhesive products such as wraps, stickers, rubber coating, etc.).
  •  Weather conditions (heavy rain, snow, fog, or extremely hot or cold temperatures) are interfering with sensor operation.
  • The sensors are affected by other electrical equipment or devices that generate ultrasonic waves.

Note: Summon is disabled if Model 3 is in Valet mode

Warning: The list above does not represent an exhaustive list of situations that may interfere with proper operation of Summon. It is the driver's responsibility to remain in control of Model 3 at all times. Pay close attention whenever Summon is actively moving Model 3 and stay prepared to take immediate action.

Failure to do so can result in serious property damage, injury or death.


     Smart Summon

    Smart Summon (if equipped) is designed to allow you to move Model 3 to your location (using your phone's GPS as a target destination) or to a location of your choice, maneuvering around and st

     Using Smart Summon

    Open the Tesla mobile app, and press SUMMON. Press the Smart Summon icon located in the center of the image of your Model 3. It may take several seconds for Smart Summon to start up. N

     Stopping or Canceling Smart Summon

    Smart Summon stops Model 3 whenever you release the button on the mobile app. To resume the Smart Summon session, simply press the COME TO ME or GO TO TARGET button again. Warning: Always anticip



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