Tesla Electric Car Allows You To Customize Your Horn
On the occasion of this update, Elon Musk unveils the new “BoomBox” function. A sound customization option that will certainly make some people happy and others unhappy.
During this holiday season, Tesla is unveiling, like a Christmas present, its most recent update. The 2020.48.25 firmware brings a lot of novelties.
The latter contains a large number of visual elements to improve the user experience, as well as more on board games, including the very famous Solitaire. Note the addition of the “BoomBox” function, which may displease the neighbors.
Tesla Model X. Credit: Tesla
This update allows Model S, Model X, Model 3, or Model Y owners to customize their horns. You can choose from one of the predefined sounds (such as applause or the Cucaracha) but also and above all one of the five personalized sounds that can be added via a USB key. The user is free to use his imagination and choose his own sound effects or melodies. Elon Musk reveals personal choices on his Twitter account:
Change your horn sound to 🐐, 🐍🎷, 💨 or holiday jingles with latest Tesla software update!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 25, 2020
To take advantage of this functionality, you will need a recent vehicle equipped with the new generation of external speakers. Note also that users should be careful to respect the laws in force in their country. So be careful before putting the latest title in fashion, or an offensive word, as a horn.
Electric cars must make noise
The personalization of the “BoomBox” also allows the choice of the noise emitted by the moving car. As of July 1, 2020, all four-wheel electric vehicles must make a sound at less than 19 km / h or in reverse. In 2021, this measure will extend to all-electric cars in circulation.
If big names like Hans Zimmer or Linkin Park have been mentioned by different manufacturers, Tesla sees things differently. It is the user himself who will choose the sound emitted by his vehicle. While some will choose the sweet sound of a V8 engine (without installing one as this YouTuber did) , others might choose the sound so typical of a Tie Fighter (famous ship of the empire in Star Wars). So don’t be surprised if a familiar, but strange noise appears in the middle of traffic.
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Some other improvements included
There is also the improvement of the planned departure system which allows the passenger compartment and the batteries to be preheated even if the car is not connected to the mains. As a reminder, preconditioning a battery can save you autonomy in cold weather.
Although the Autopilot is not yet available, this upgrade contains the Full-Self Driving option which allows you to see what the current Autopilot really sees.
Firmware 2020.48.25 is already available through the OTA.