Israel to Approve Driverless Parking, Unlocking Tesla’s Smart Summon

Tesla’s auto-park feature is set to gain approval in another region, as autonomous vehicles begin to make their way into government discussions around the world.

Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety is readying to allow driverless parking, according to a report on Monday from Globes.

Currently, ministry regulations don’t allow cars to be moving without a human actively driving the vehicle from behind the wheel.

After conducting some tests, the ministry plans to allow independent parking, thought to be a major move toward allowing early automation down the line.

Tesla vehicles offer a Smart Summon feature for those purchasing the Full Self-Driving add-on. The feature allows a driver to summon their car from a parking lot spot to their location. The feature has been neutered in Israel but this new expected change will unlock the function.

Other cars in Israel such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 can also self-park, while the feature is also available on luxury cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

Tesla made its Model Y available to buyers in Israel in April, with deliveries set to begin arriving as soon as July.

Tesla captured a whopping 60 percent of Israel’s EV market last year, selling only its Model 3 sedan at that point in the country.

In March, the U.S. passed its first set of rules for self-driving cars without pedals or steering wheels, thought to be an important move toward legislating the emerging autonomous driving sector.