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Bike bell

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Boatguy, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. Boatguy

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    This is another esoteric problem, but quite simple for Tesla to address.

    Ever since my first hybrid, and now a couple of years of EVs, I find myself behind some pedestrians with no way to alert them to my presence. This happened again this week with someone standing in a parking place, looking the other way, and me waiting in the street for them to notice me. An EV is just too quiet!

    Using the horn is too rude; it will startle or scare the pedestrian, especially if they are just a a few feet from the car. What I need is one of those simple bike bell sort of sounds, just a simple "ring ring" to get their attention without making them jump.

    This shouldn't be put on the steering wheel, I wouldn't want to use it when I needed to use the main horn. It could be in the Controls with the frunk/trunk. Somewhere pretty quick to access.

    Does anyone else think this would be a useful addition to their car?
     
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  2. MorrisonHiker

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    I know some owners have placed cordless doorbells in the frunk.

    It would be nice if Tesla could add a pedestrian/bike noise maker that could be activated on demand (instead of running constantly). The Chevy Volt has such a device:
     
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    Open your windows and crank the music up.
     
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  4. Boatguy

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    Yes, Tesla can learn a few things from other manufacturers.
     
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    They could install a hand e-brake lever that locks the rear wheels whereupon you yank on it and squeal the tires as you approach your unsuspecting victim, scaring them stiff! Not that I ever did anything like that as a teen.
     
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    Glad to know it's on their product map.

    But then of course it begs the recurring question: Will there be an upgrade available for my car? :)
     
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    I was under the impression that would be the constant noise required for electric cars driving under a certain speed. Maybe we'll find out for certain later this year.
     
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    try rolling down your window and saying HELLO:cool:
     
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    Pedestrian Horn
    This thread offered a nice DIY by Zextraterristrial, plus some other fun options.
     
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    Or you could shout "beep beep!"
     
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    Or you could stick your head out the window and try to make rumbling sounds like an ICE car...

    I do a pretty good "vintage Mercedes diesel clatter imitation" myself... based on many years of practice of humming along with the engine in my 1987 Benz 300D. I prefer the music it makes over listening to cassettes on the original Becker radio.
     

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