You have goat to be kidding me.
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk has announced that owners will soon be able to choose the sound their vehicles’ noisemakers and horns.
“Customized horn & movement sounds (coconuts being one, of course) coming to Teslas soon,” Musk said on Twitter on 6th October.
We had to double-check the date before we believed any of these. Elon Musk’s Twitter is the gift that keeps on giving.
Musk has mentioned of coconut sounds as a nod to one of the CEO’s favourite comedy films; Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Elon has mentioned a few other noises that could appear in Teslas such as a goat noises, other noises are yet to be mentioned, although, Tesla owners Silicon Valley requested Jungle and Rainforest noise. He has also said that Tesla will explore custom audio files, meaning owners would be able to include their own noises.
The suggestion of including noisemakers on electric vehicles has been predicted to save 2,400 people from injuries and save millions in damages from accidents.
The introduction of noisemakers has spurred this response from Tesla due to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Pedestrian Enhancement Safety Act in 2010. This follows on from a study in 2009 along with a report that concluded blind pedestrians were subjected to additional risk with regards to electric vehicles.
When traveling at low speeds, electric vehicles don’t produce much noise, an act passed by the NHTSA requires all electric cars to contain noisemakers, emitting sounds when the car is travelling at low speeds – from 0 to 19 MPH -.
What do you think of the introduction of noisemakers to electric cars? More importantly, what sound will you be going for?
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