Tesla cars will talk to pedestrians

Date:15 January 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:, , ,

Tesla’s vision for the future of their electric vehicles now includes the ability to have your car speak to pedestrians. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk showed off the new feature in a Tweet over the weekend. While he didn’t specify an exact date for when the feature will be launched, he did say “Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real.”

Musk didn’t mention how exactly the feature works, but presumably the vehicle will make use of external speakers to relay a message, that is if they comply with EU and US sound requirements. As of 1st July, the European Union requires new four-wheeled EV’s to be fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS).

The idea behind the new feature is to alert cyclists and pedestrians to the location of the near-silent vehicle. In the video, you can see a Tesla Model 3 slowly driving past pedestrians and saying “Well, don’t just stand there. Hop in!.”

Musk also confirmed that the new feature can be paired with Tesla’s ‘fart mode’ and the anti-theft mode ‘Sentry’. Meaning you could scare off any potential hijackers or thieves with a rather loud, and somewhat immature fart sound, an idea that Musk found to be hilarious.

Image: Twitter/@Tesmanian_com

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