Tesla Hints at Possible Ticket Avoidance Mode Feature, Again

It's a teaser, but could it end up becoming a reality?
Fabienne Lang
A screenshot from Tesla's 2015 videoTesla/YouTube

You're walking back to your car after a nice meal in town, and notice a parking ticket flapping under your windshield wiper. You've probably been there, so you might know just how frustrating that can be. 

Tesla, however, has other plans for its vehicles' owners, or so it seems. A tiny teaser appeared on a video posted by the EV maker on YouTube on November 5th. 

You're forgiven if you didn't notice the wording in the video, we didn't either. But luckily for all of us, Twitter user @christorrella did. 


What @christorrella noticed that most didn't is a hidden text that speeds past in a short few seconds as part of a list of inscriptions. However, when slowed down or screenshotted, the words are clear: Ticket Avoidance Mode. 

The other inscriptions were as follows: 

  • Sentry Mode
  • I'm feeling hungry
  • Remote Air Conditioning
  • Cabin Overheat Protection
  • Bioweapon defense mode
  • Ticket Avoidance Mode
  • Pin To drive
  • Tesla arcade
  • Trip Planner
  • Sketchpad
  • Valet mode
  • Drivers Profile
  • Charging On The Road

Ticket Avoidance Mode can be seen halfway through the list.

There hasn't been an official announcement yet and little other information has been offered on the potential new mode, but Tesla hinted at it as part of an April Fools' Day joke back in 2015. 

Back then, the entertaining YouTube video Tesla posted regarding avoiding tickets involved an officer trying to place a ticket on a parked Tesla Model S. The vehicle 'spots' the officer and squirts water out from its moving windshield wipers. It then proceeds to keep the officer at bay by driving away from him and continues to drive slowly around the block again and again until the officer decides to give up. 

It was all a fun joke back in the day, but we know how Tesla's CEO Elon Musk turns some jokes into realities — just take a look at his Teslaquila.


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