A video was posted on Reddit. On Thursday that appears to show a Tesla vehicle slowly crashing into a $3.5 million private jet after being “summoned” by its owner using the automaker’s self-parking feature.
The Reddit user (who did not immediately respond to a request for comment) said the incident took place at an event sponsored by aircraft manufacturer Cirrus at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington.
The smartphone video appears to capture security camera footage of the Tesla slowly crashing and then pushing the Cirrus Vision Plane through the track. A Felts Field spokesman also did not respond to a request for comment.
According to the poster, the Tesla owner was using the “Smart Summon” feature that allows a Tesla vehicle to leave a parking space and navigate around obstacles toward its owner. Using just the Tesla app on your smartphone, you can “summon” your car from up to 200 feet away, as long as the car is within your line of sight.
The Reddit user said he also owns a Tesla Model Y, but he wasn’t the “poor soul (with poor decision-making ability) who summoned his Tesla around several expensive planes, only to crash it into the most expensive one ($ 3,500,000)!”
The smart invocation was first released in 2019, and Tesla owners immediately began posting videos of vehicles that nearly crashed or got confused and moved slowly. A Tesla owner tweeted about “front bumper damage” while another claimed his Model 3 “ran to the side of [a] garage.”
a video of a near miss with a speeding SUV left the owner feeling like their Smart Summon test “didn’t go so well.” Another Tesla was filmed by pedestrians and people in other cars looking confused as it tried to cross a Walmart parking lot.
A newer version of the feature allows owners to call their Tesla vehicles from further away and navigate more complex parking environments, according to Electrek. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has described Smart Summon as the company’s “most viral feature ever”.