Since July 1, 2019, all electric and hybrid cars must be equipped with a sound device allowing them to be heard by pedestrians when they are traveling at a speed of less than 20 km / h. This AVAS device (the acronym for Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems), which meets certain standards in Europe, is intended to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the city. Among other things, it must be indexed to the speed and acceleration of the car in order to make its perception more realistic.
Since this regulation is in place, all eyes have been turned on the car manufacturers electric in order to observe how they would take it into account, according to their identity and their standing. We know for example that Premium brands like Mercedes or BMW take it very seriously, and that Porsche also answered in its own way , since the sound signature of its models, easily recognizable, is part of its DNA.
Tesla to decorate the streets
It remained to be seen what Tesla would do, when we know the often contradictory ideas of his whimsical boss Elon Musk. After announcing a few months ago that his cars would talk to pedestrians soon , Musk posted yesterday afunnytweetsayingthata"new foUpcoming Tesla functionality would allow its cars to play "snake jazz or Polynesian elevator music through its exterior speakers, wherever you go.
We don't know more for the moment, but the tone of the tweet leaves little room for doubt, and presents this feature as probable, even imminent, or in any case under development. Musk had not hidden his passion for elevator music inaprevioustweet,claimingitwasunderrated.
Even if you are starting to get used to the "unnecessary features thatare also the charm of Tesla over the updates, it remains to be seen how it can be implemented in compliance with AVAS standards, or if it will come as an optional complement that can be activated, hopefully, on request.