Elon Musk Tweets That Tesla Vehicles Will Soon Talk, Releases Video Footage

Is the car responding to its environment or simply blurting out a prerecorded command?
Loukia Papadopoulos

Tesla CEO Elon Musk released a video preview on Sunday of a Tesla Model 3 talking. The car can be heard saying “But don’t just stand there staring, hop in” followed by “Have you practiced that expression long?”


This is real

The video was captioned: "Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real." It's a well-known fact that Musk is a big fan of using artificial intelligence in his business and it seems he wants to use it for more than self-driving capabilities.

The CEO has long been working on better voice commands to control Tesla vehicles. He has also claimed that his vehicles will eventually be able to answer.

In addition, last year, Tesla introduced an update to Model 3 that saw music played when the vehicle was moving slowly in either Drive or Reverse. Perhaps the firm wants to launch novel features taking advantage of the new outside speakers.

From the inside of the car

However, from the looks of the video, it seems the sound comes from the inside of the car as the window is rolled down to make it more audible. This begs the question of whether the car window will always need to be rolled down for all voice interactions.

One thing is for sure, Musk is planning to make his cars talk to pedestrians. Twitter user @Kristennetten wrote to the CEO: " I’d love to hear them talk to pedestrians." Musk responded simply: "They will."

This brings more questions as to what the car will actually say to pedestrians. Will it warn them of oncoming traffic or will it be used to make them laugh?

The car could even potentially offer some compliments. Either way, regardless of how this feature ends up working, we'll definitely enjoy it.

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