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Tesla video teases ‘speak to pedestrians’

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Tesla cars could soon be talking to pedestrians, asking them to hop in or get out of the way on congested roads, the company's CEO Elon Musk has hinted.

Sharing a video via Twitter, in which a Tesla car can be seen talking to pedestrians, Musk said the feature will be making its way to the range of electric cars “soon”.

Captioned “Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real,” the brief clip shows a Model 3 driving past people and saying, “Well, don't just stand there. Hop in!”

According to TechRadar, it is unclear as to whether the feature in the car will use artificial intelligence (AI) to interact with pedestrians or if it’s purely an audio player.

It is also possible that Tesla owners driving for ride-sharing services like Uber could use the feature to gain more customers, although TechRadar argued that “this is a bit of a stretch”.

Musk recently confirmed that the popular Disney+ service will soon be available in ‘Tesla Theater’ in a future firmware update.

Tesla has also started rolling out holiday updates, including a “full self-driving sneak preview”, Musk teased last week.

The holiday update included long-awaited features such as reading text messages aloud via Tesla’s built-in voice commands and a ‘Camp Mode’. This latter feature will allow customers who want to use Tesla vehicles for camping the ability to maintain airflow, temperature, interior lighting, as well as play music and power devices.

In November 2019, the EV company unveiled its first electric pickup truck during a launch event, although its “shatterproof” windows were easily smashed during its first demonstration, proving something of an embarrassment for Musk.

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