Elon Musk: Teslas to soon talk to people

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Tesla cars, constantly gaining new features, will soon start talking to drivers and pedestrians.

The billionaire shared a video to Twitter showing a Tesla Model 3 calling out to pedestrians on the street as they filmed it pass.

The clip shows a red sedan rolling slowly past the camera as a voice coming from the auto says, "Well, don't just stand there staring, hop in!".

So what's going on and why is a Tesla telling strangers to get in?

The objective behind adding the feature is to comply with the new safety regulations that mandate electric vehicles to make artificial noises to alert nearby pedestrians that an EV is close.


The co-founder of the company didn't share details about the capability, but it is presumed that the option would work via low-speed noisemakers, which have been mandated by the European Union and U.S. to alert pedestrians about incoming near-silent EVs. Those sounds are required to allow pedestrians to hear electric vehicles traveling at slow speeds.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently hinted that his company's auto may "talk" to pedestrians one day, asking them to hop in or leave the way on congested road.

One of the so-called Easter Eggs in Tesla cars is the option to add fart noises to individual seats in the auto. Such phrases as "Well, don't just stand there staring, hop in" would alert nearby riders that the Tesla is available for hire.

"This will make for some epic robber confusion", Musk tweeted.

In the same thread, Musk also implied that Tesla would also be able to produce "fart" sounds.

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