Elon Musk says goat-mim­ick­ing horn sounds are ‘def­i­nitely coming’ to Tesla fleet

Chicago Sun-Times - - DRIVE HOME - BY NATHAN BOMEY

If you hap­pen to hear the sound of a bleat­ing goat on the road, it might just be a Tesla. In 2019, the au­tomaker’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted that new horn fea­tures were in the works, such as goat noises and fart sounds.

“And that’s just the tip of the ice­berg,” Musk said in Oc­to­ber. The com­pany hadn’t men­tioned the up­date since then.

How­ever, last week, a fol­lower on Twit­ter asked Musk if the horn de­vel­op­ment was still un­der­way, and he con­firmed that newer ver­sions of the elec­tric cars will make bleat­ing noises to alert the car up ahead.

This op­tion “will only be on rel­a­tively re­cent cars, as we didn’t have an out­side speaker un­til about a year ago. Can change in­side sound eas­ily,” Musk said.

It’s un­clear what type of time­line Musk has in mind. The elec­tric ve­hi­cles re­ceive new fea­tures pe­ri­od­i­cally via over-the-air up­dates, sim­i­lar to smart­phones.

It’s im­por­tant to also re­mem­ber that the CEO has pre­vi­ously made un­con­firmed prom­ises on Twit­ter that have landed him in hot wa­ter.

In 2018, Musk tweeted that he lined up the fi­nanc­ing nec­es­sary to take Tesla pri­vate in a buyout. The buyout never hap­pened and the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion ac­cused Musk of mis­lead­ing in­vestors.

Musk and Tesla even­tu­ally reached a $40 mil­lion set­tle­ment and the CEO stepped down as chair­man for at least three years. There was also a stip­u­la­tion that his tweets be pre­screened by the com­pany for ac­cu­racy.

Post­ing on so­cial me­dia got Musk into trou­ble again in 2019 af­ter he tweeted about Tesla’s pro­jected pro­duc­tion num­bers. The SEC al­leged the tweet was an­other mis­lead­ing state­ment, and the sit­u­a­tion re­sulted in an­other set­tle­ment.

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