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2021 MY has PWS (public warning system)

mnsweeps

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Aug 3, 2019
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I was curious about a weird sound/music coming from car when I summoned it in reverse/forward and posted Plays some loud music when summoned? .

I checked underneath and found the PWS speaker.. Didn't know until today. I have a 2021 MY with VIN sequence 666xx.
 

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acarney

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It’s very noticeable and personally very annoying to me. Mine only seemed active at very low speeds (5 or 10mph... possibly just when I was in reverse). There is a kit by abstract ocean that will take care of all of your problems, so I only drove the car a few hundred feet before it became silent again....

That said, it’s not really silent with all the Gemini crackling sounds...

Edit: First week of October build for me, I forget exactly but I think like 59,300 vin range for me...
 

mrbloons

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It’s very noticeable and personally very annoying to me. Mine only seemed active at very low speeds (5 or 10mph... possibly just when I was in reverse). There is a kit by abstract ocean that will take care of all of your problems, so I only drove the car a few hundred feet before it became silent again....

That said, it’s not really silent with all the Gemini crackling sounds...

Edit: First week of October build for me, I forget exactly but I think like 59,300 vin range for me...

Is the speaker something you can just unplug if you don’t want it to make any noise? I recall reading that some builds had the wire harness going to where the speaker would be but no speaker.
 
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DanDi58

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It apparently is only in operation under 19 mph going forward, and some owners feel that it only operates it there is an actual pedestrian detected - how, I don't know. This hasn't been confirmed but has been mentioned in a couple of threads about PWS. Oh, and it's technically called Pedestrian Warning System.
 

acarney

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It apparently is only in operation under 19 mph going forward, and some owners feel that it only operates it there is an actual pedestrian detected - how, I don't know. This hasn't been confirmed but has been mentioned in a couple of threads about PWS. Oh, and it's technically called Pedestrian Warning System.
It certainly operates when reversing and when no one is around. I back into my garage and I heard it... before I fixed it ;)
 
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tomagucci

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It apparently is only in operation under 19 mph going forward, and some owners feel that it only operates it there is an actual pedestrian detected - how, I don't know. This hasn't been confirmed but has been mentioned in a couple of threads about PWS. Oh, and it's technically called Pedestrian Warning System.

Super curious here. I can see where you are in a parking lot and pedestrians are out of site behind a parked van that needs to hear if a car is coming and the car can't detect them.
 

MikeHolliday

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The Speaker is located under the front passenger wheel well. The Abstract Ocean product comes with instructions and two waterproof connectors for $10.99.. Electrical tape can fail, the connector snaps in place as the original... For $10 on a $60,000 plus car I would not use electrical tape.
 
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