Hello all! I've just ordered my "S", and Now I get to enjoy 3 months of anticipation. Cue Carly Simon. The first question I have is: Why is there no external sound generator? Just for safety reasons in sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists is enough for this to be a standard feature, but having one that can download your favorite sound bites, such as the Jetson's flying car, a steam train, horses running, or a kid doing a jet engine impression would be such fun!
Has anyone found a way to Mod their Tesla to have this work for them? Thanks, Maizie Teasworth. Someone posted that they bought a wireless doorbell and put it in the frunk, but I can't remember any other creative ideas. As long as you're not suggesting it be something that's mandatory and on all the time, I agree with you that it would be nice for those times when a honk would be too much.
I would go with the old-fashioned bicycle bell sound myself. But it would have to be an explicitly driver-initiated thing - I don't want my quiet car making any sounds I don't turn on, or can't turn off. Silence is one of the reasons I want it in the first place.
Perish the thought! It would be like ringtones in the late 90s, with Jetson swooshes and stampeding horses and the one dork with the Harley sounds. Just what I want to hear on my street late at night when I'd prefer to sleep. It might be a good idea for pedestrians and bicyclists to look before crossing traffic rather than just listening.
It is a good idea for cars to be afraid of careless pedestrians and bicyclists as well. Congratulations on your order. Regarding the sound issue I have noticed the only time a sound generator would be useful is in slow moving parking lots or roads. It seems the tire noise is enough to alert most people when your speed is above 30 or so in the average road. There are circumstance on real smooth roads there is little tire noise but you can notice those conditions in the car easily. Some have suggested that the radio does announce your approach if the volume is up a little.
I believe there is a thread on sound generation already if you want to peruse an option for yourself. You could always make Fiat the old style sounds and keep a towel handy to wipe away the spray on the inside of the windshield.
It is the driver's responsibility not to hit the blind people, pedestrians, and bikes. When you are moving they can hear you. If you don't thinks so give a quick friendly double beep of the horn. I was taught this first day in drivers ed.
If you don't want to do that be patient and wait till they move. What ever you choose just don't hit them.Tesla has subpoenaed Apple for access to the iCloud data of an engineer who allegedly stole thousands of Autopilot source code files right before leaving to work at XMotors. The ex-Tesla engineer, Guangzhi Cao, has already acknowledged uploading copies of Autopilot source code to his personal iCloud account, Bloomberg said in a report this week. He nevertheless claims to have done nothing wrong, saying he didn't make use of the data and has tried to scrub it from his personal devices.
Cao and his lawyers have even offered to provide forensic copies of devices Tesla wants to inspect. Apple is likely to comply with the subpoena as long as it meets legal standards. July saw prosecutors charge an engineer from Apple's self-driving program, Project Titanwith stealing trade secrets in advance of joining Xpeng. The case is still ongoing as the engineer has pleaded not guilty. Autopilot is Tesla's branding for the self-driving systems in cars like the Model 3 and Model S.
The company's AI has yet to achieve full independence, but can already park, navigate highways and change lanes with little human help. Apple's self-driving plans remain nebulous. The company has been performing road tests and recently bought out self-driving car startup Drive. A finished vehicle could hit roads in or lateror not at all.
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By Malcolm Owen 7 hours ago. By Amber Neely 8 hours ago.Your Tesla is an unusually quiet car, and you may hear some sounds that would normally be masked by a loud ICE engine or are just different due to the design of the car. While there are a lot of possible problem cases, these are rare and most owners never have any of the problem sounds. Most of these sounds relate to the Model S, but may also occur in similar locations on the Model X and Model 3. These should not be heard inside the car but will be heard as a fan whirring noise from the front of the car when the fans are running at maximum speed.
This can occur even when the car is off on occasion. The sound lasts about 1 second and is normal for the vehicle to make this noise on occasion. It may occur after the suspension compressor stops.
HVAC Compressor — This makes a kind of mechanical whine from the front of the car and may change in pitch. The compressor is a variable speed design, meaning it runs faster and makes more noise when the system needs maximum cooling. This is one sound that you rarely notice on ICE cars due to engine noise. You can often hear it when you are outside the car and it is running hard on a hot day and you are supercharging. The HVAC compressor runs to cool the battery as well as the cabin, so even if Climate is turned off, you may still hear this noise.
Tesla now includes a sound blanket on new cars, but old cars may not have this. If you find it annoying, Service can add it to your car. Even with this change, you may hear the noise when the HVAC is running at maximum power. While driving, once the cabin is cooled off, the sound will disappear.
This recording was made at max AC, but fan first set to low so you can hear the compressor slow down without the fan noise that usually hides it. Short Rattle from Front Drive Shaft — Lasts about 1 second on AWD performance versions S and X and may vibrate the car slightly, when the suspension is on very high and apply hard acceleration. Keeping the suspension on Normal or low should avoid this. Tire noise — Like any car, tires generate some noise when driving. Above a certain speed, other noises like the wind may exceed the tire noise.
On some very poor roads, the noise can be quite loud as it will be in any car on the same road.
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This sound sample is at 35 mph on a medium rough road. Minor Wind noise — As you get to higher speeds, like any car, some wind noise can be heard. It should not be very loud if all the windows are closed and the pano roof is closed. Rumble for 1 second — This is the warning sound when the car senses you are going outside the lane. This is only available on Auto-pilot cars when the Lane departure warning option is turned on. On some local roads with poor lane markings may trigger the warning unexpectedly.
On RWD cars, most owners cannot hear this at all. On AWD cars, it may be noticeable from the front motor, as it is closer to the cabin. If the noise is from the rear motor, check if the parcel shelf is open or closed. When partly open or missingyou may hear a little more noise.
Hushed whirring sound from the passenger left vent, even when the car is off cars after October with AP2. The fans on the AP2 processor unit behind the dash are running and will turn off in about a minute after the normal vehicle shutdown. Clunk under M3 — No consistent reason, but more likely when going through temperature extremes while driving. Although unsettling, we believe it is caused by the large metal battery pack. Whirring when switching out of park or into park for 1 second from the rearand may be accompanied by a mechanical click.
This is the normal operation of the rear parking brakes.Tesla Autopilot is a suite of advanced driver-assistance system features offered by Tesla that has lane centeringtraffic-aware cruise controlself-parkingautomatic lane changes, semi-autonomous navigation on limited access freeways, and the ability to summon the car from a garage or parking spot.
In all of these features, the driver is responsible and the car requires constant supervision. The company claims the features reduce accidents caused by driver negligence and fatigue from long-term driving. As an upgrade to the base Autopilot capabilities, the company's stated intent is to offer full self-driving FSD at a future time, acknowledging that legal, regulatory, and technical hurdles must be overcome to achieve this goal. As of Aprilmost experts believe that Tesla vehicles lack the necessary hardware for full self-driving.
Elon Musk first discussed the Autopilot system publicly innoting "Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars. All Tesla cars manufactured between September and October had the initial hardware HW1 that supported Autopilot. At that time Tesla stated Autopilot would include semi-autonomous drive and parking capabilities,    and was not designed for self-driving.
Initial versions of Autopilot were developed in partnership with Israeli company Mobileye. Software enabling Autopilot was released in mid-October as part of Tesla software version 7. In DecemberMusk predicted "complete autonomy" by On August 31,Elon Musk announced Autopilot 8. Tesla states that as of Octoberall new vehicles come with the necessary sensors and computing hardware, known as hardware version 2 HW2for future full self-driving.
Autopilot software for HW2 cars came in February In March or AprilTesla began fitting a new version of the "full self-driving computer" which has two Tesla-designed microprocessors. In AprilTesla started releasing an update to Navigate on Autopilot, which does not require lane change confirmation, but does require the driver to have hands on the steering wheel. In SeptemberTesla released software version 10 to early access users.
In FebruaryElon Musk said that he thought Tesla's Full Self Driving capability would be " feature complete " by the end of In AprilTesla released a "beta" feature to recognize and respond to stop signs and traffic lights. As ofAutopilot was recommended for use on interstate highways only, although it functioned on some city streets and highways. The features included self-driving functionality classified as level 2 on a scale from 0 to 5.
Autopilot is only designed to be used on limited-access highways. Tesla requires operators to monitor and remain responsible for the vehicle at all times, including when Autopilot is enabled. Autopilot-enabled cars receive Autopilot software updates wirelesslyas part of recurring Tesla software updates. The car may also automatically swerve out of the way to prevent a collision.
Autopilot includes a video display of some of what it sees around it. It displays driving lanes and vehicles in front, behind and on either side of it in other lanes.
It also displays lane markings and speed limits via its cameras and what it knows from maps. On HW3, it displays stop signs and traffic signals. Front-facing cameras detect speed limit signs on HW1 vehicles and display the current limit on the dashboard or center display.
Also known as adaptive cruise control, traffic-aware cruise control  has the ability to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of it by accelerating and braking as that vehicle speeds up and slows down.After receiving the latest autopilot rewrite for AP2, I tested it specifically to verify if it still exhibited one of its biggest flaws.
While autopilot is engaged and approaching a vehicle that is slowing down, the car occasionally makes a disturbing shuddering sound as it applies the brakes. This could happen both at high and low speeds. I adjusted the distance control from one to seven, but this had no effect. The car waits for the last second to apply the brakes, causing an abrupt deceleration, rather than slowing down over a greater distance for a smoother deceleration. This may be the cause of the shuddering sound, but even if not, the abrupt braking should be remedied.
If I deactivate autopilot, I cannot reproduce the shuddering sound while braking. I tried Chill mode and it had no effect on autopilot performance. You might want to have a SC take a look. Thanks RedJ. The SC center said they could not reproduce it. I'm going to drive the car with the technician next time I visit the SC.
You may be referring to the brake pedal very quickly engaging. Verys similar sound as if you press the break and slide your foot off to the side and it pops up. Guys, don't bother. Several months ago, long before the latest AP update, I brought this symptom to the attention of our local service centre.
The technician who went on the test drive with me revealed that, "We almost never test drive the cars using the autopilot. That's why I've never heard that sound. Apparently that juddering sound under braking only happens when the autopilot is being used, and it was declared normal. I get it as well. Concern: Customer: states that there is a thud noise coming from the left front wheel area when TACC applies the brakes.February 3, Allow pre-recorded sounds and effects to be played through the external speaker when equipped to override standard pedestrian alert sounds.
Perhaps include sounds such as V8, turbo, jetson spaceship, plane, train, rocket, etc. Moderator: Regulations may limit what can be done, and it is unlikely to allow user-supplied sounds, which could include silence. June 29, When encountering an object near the car, provide an option for an audible alert that changes pitch or beep rate as you get closer, and differentiates between rear and front sensor alerts.
It would be very helpful to know the cause of the warning quickly and audio delivers on this promise.
One sound pulsating ever quicker as you approach objects behind you and a different tone as you approach objects in front of your car if speeds are below a given threshold ie. September 25, Your Tesla is an unusually quiet car, and you may hear some sounds that would normally be masked by a loud ICE engine or are just different due to the design of the car.
While there are a lot of possible problem cases, these are rare and most owners never have any of the problem sounds. Most of these sounds relate to the Model S, but may also occur in similar locations on the Model X and Model 3. These should not be heard inside the car but will be heard as a fan whirring noise from the front of the car when the fans are running at maximum speed. This can occur even when the car is off on occasion. The sound lasts about 1 second and is normal for the vehicle to make this noise on occasion.
It may occur after the suspension compressor stops. HVAC Compressor — This makes a kind of mechanical whine from the front of the car and may change in pitch.
The compressor is a variable speed design, meaning it runs faster and makes more noise when the system needs maximum cooling. This is one sound that you rarely notice on ICE cars due to engine noise.
You can often hear it when you are outside the car and it is running hard on a hot day and you are supercharging. The HVAC compressor runs to cool the battery as well as the cabin, so even if Climate is turned off, you may still hear this noise.
Tesla now includes a sound blanket on new cars, but old cars may not have this.Silly, lighthearted, and designed to show off the instant acceleration of a Tesla electric vehicle. That's pretty much the best way to explain a recent YouTube video that uses a Model X to checks notes play a giant game of Jenga. The video, by YouTube star Ryan Trahanproves that all you really need—aside from the car itself and some friends who are game to play—is an idea, plus a few cameras and a sound-effects generator in the video editing booth.
The rules for Trahan's game are pretty simple. First, you build a huge Jenga tower out of cardboard boxes in an empty parking lot, making sure each one is labeled either to award or take away prize money or has some other gameplay feature like forcing a "low-speed pull" on your next move by going no faster than 30 mph or causing in-game bankruptcy. Then, you rig a tall vertical pole to the Model X's trailer hitch, attach some rope, and use it to connect the car to the blocks.
After that, it's simply a matter of accelerating at Ludicrous speed, trying not to knock down the tower, and seeing what prize money you won or lost. It's all in good fun and shows that electric vehicle fans like to play around with their rides just like your average shade-tree mechanic after putting something back together again.
The video also seems to be a test by YouTube of how many ad breaks they can insert in a and-a-half-minute upload. This isn't the only stunt Trahan has pulled with his Tesla. Earlier this year, he posted a drive from Texas, where he lives, to Chicago to test the Model X's Autopilot for 24 hours.
That one is getting close to 10 million views, and a scroll through his uploads shows that he's got quite a following for his other videos, whether they include his Tesla or not. His hour Tesla Autopilot video says that he dropped out of college, and the mildly NSFW Tesla Jenga video proves he's figured out a way to keep himself going without school or athletics. New Cars. Buyer's Guide. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. This content is imported from YouTube.
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