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Elon Musk’s latest prediction wows ahead of Detroit auto show

Elon Musk gave his minions another reason to squeal on Sunday when he made the bold prediction that, within two years, a customer in Los Angeles, using his phone, will be able to “summon” his electric car to drive itself — and charge along the way — all the way from New York.

“I might be slightly optimistic about that, but not significantly optimistic,” he said in a conference call with reporters ahead of the big Detroit auto show this week.

Musk also took his prediction to Twitter, where his tweets tend to cause a stir.

This, after the Tesla visionary announced a “baby step” in the company’s “Summon” capability, which for now allows owners of the Model S sedan to park in a garage or a perpendicular spot without having a driver at the wheel. What’s more, the car can open the garage to let itself in.

Tesla TSLA, -1.49% understandably, asks that customers get used to “the next step toward fully autonomous driving capabilities” on private property. Here’s a video showing how it works:

The software upgrade, which can now be downloaded, restricts speeds of the Model S in residential areas to just five miles an hour OVER the speed limit when in autopilot mode. Also, vehicles won’t be allowed to go hands-off on residential streets or roads without a center divider.

Musk had said during a recent conference call that the company would probably need to update its software after drivers posted some risky behavior behind the wheel. Like this, perhaps:

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