August 17, 2020
Elon Musk says goat-mimicking horn sounds are 'definitely coming' to Tesla fleet
If you happen to hear the sound of a bleating goat on the road, it might just be a Tesla.
In 2019, the automaker's CEO Elon Musk tweeted that new horn features were in the works such as goat noises and fart sounds. "And that's just the tip of the iceberg," he said in October. The company hadn't mentioned the update since then.
However, on Friday, a follower on Twitter asked Musk if the horn development was still underway, and Musk confirmed that newer versions of the electric cars will make bleating noises to alert the car up ahead.
"Will only be on relatively recent cars, as we didn't have an outside speaker until about a year ago. Can change inside sound easily," Musk said.
U.S. TODAY reached out to Tesla for more information.
It's unclear what type of timeline Musk has in mind. The electric vehicles receive new features periodically via over-the-air updates, similar to smartphones. It's important to also remember that the CEO has previously made unconfirmed promises on Twitter that have landed him in hot water.
In 2018, Musk tweeted that he lined up the financing necessary to take Tesla private in a buyout. The buyout never happened and the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Musk of misleading investors.
Musk and Tesla eventually reached a $40 million settlement and the CEO stepped down as chairman for at least three years. There was also a stipulation that his tweets be prescreened by the company for accuracy.
Posting on social media got Musk into trouble again in 2019 after he tweeted about Tesla's projected production numbers. The SEC alleged the tweet was another misleading statement, and the situation resulted in another settlement.
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