CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla cars will “soon” be able to talk to nearby pedestrians. He announced the functionality in his Twitter handle, sharing a short clip of a Model 3 driving past while its speaker plays a clip saying,” Well don’t just stand there staring, hop in.” He further wrote, “Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real.”
Well, I am not sure if I want to invite pedestrians to my car, but it is sure a cool party trick to show off in front of friends. Musk didn’t give much information but the speakers are likely the same ones the company added to comply with the new safety regulations that require electric cars to produce artificial noise. Now it seems Tesla plans to use the speakers for much more.
In a follow-up tweet, Musk indicated that this unnamed feature could work with the car’s existing sentry mode alarm that uses the car’s internal sound system to deter potential thieves. Or, you could just have your car “fart in people’s general direction,” he suggested.
This audio message played by the car reminds of Musk’s master plan to eventually having all of Tesla’s cars operate as an autonomous taxi fleet and earning money for their owners when they are not around. In an autonomous state, the taxi could just steer itself to the passenger and tell the people to “hop in.”
The Tesla CEO said to expect the new functionality “soon” but you should take this piece of news with a pinch of salt. Musk previously assured that Tesla’s “customized horn and movement sounds” were coming “soon” back in October but they are still yet to be alive. We are also waiting to see a Tesla complete the autonomous Los Angeles To New York Trip that was promised back in 2016 (put on hold in 2018).
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