Tesla vehicles may soon blare music inspired by Rick and Morty

If you’ve ever encountered an all-electric vehicle, you’ll know that they’re so damned quiet. Outside of road noise, they’re pretty much silent, which means you can’t hear them coming. This creates a safety issue for pedestrians and cyclists, which is why there are regulations under discussion that will force EV manufacturers to have their vehicles broadcast some kind of sound.

Elon Musk and Tesla are on board with this. All Teslas are already equipped with external speakers in order to provide warning sounds. At present, though, there don’t seem to be any rules on what kinds of sounds should be used. This got Musk thinking.

I’m not sure what “Polynesian elevator music” is–some kind of hula melodies?–but did you catch the Rick & Morty reference with “snake jazz?”

Musk has a thing for R&M. Telsa’s Sentry Mode plays something from the TV show.


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