2016 Tesla Model X: Self-Parking?
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on August 30, 2016
On my fourth day heading home in our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X, a new display popped up on the center screen that I had not seen before. 'Autopark Ready' the screen read. "How nice, it knows I'm home and it wants to park for me. Sure, why not?" I thought. So, I gave the Tesla the reins. It didn't go as well as I'd hope.
Supposedly, you let go of the wheel and the Tesla's cameras will guide you into a parking spot. I've even seen YouTube videos that make it look faultless. Put the car in reverse, then just let it do the rest of the work for you.
After three attempts at parking itself, this was the best position the Model X landed in. During those three botched attempts, the Tesla also continually bumped into the parking curb with its rear tires. And once I hit the brakes to stop the Model X from running over the parking curb, it stopped lending its assistance — apparently the car thought the job was done.
This, the best of multiple attempts, was too close to the car on the driver's side and too far from the parking pole on the right. It was over the line and angled poorly. It would've been pretty rude to leave the car like that and hinder my neighbor's entry into his car, so I jumped back into the Tesla and parked it myself.
I'll try this feature outdoors and in a better-lit parking lot next time, but for now, it's of no use to me at the place I park the most, my home.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 7,359 miles