Elon Musk jabbed at federal auto security officers after they pressured Tesla to recall a feature that enables drivers to play fart sounds and different weird noises over their automobile’s exterior audio system.
Tesla recalled practically 600,000 autos final week to tweak the “Boombox” feature, a late 2020 replace that permit drivers swap out their regular automobile horn for different sounds, together with honks that sound like farts and goats.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided the feature may make it tougher to listen to a required “Pedestrian Warning System” sound.
Musk appeared sad with the company’s choice throughout a dialog with one in every of his Twitter followers, who requested the billionaire to clarify his “rationale” for recalling the Boombox feature.
“The fun police made us do it (sigh),” Musk tweeted.
Federal security officers have stepped up their scrutiny of Tesla autos because the company positive factors prominence within the auto market. The newest security recall marked the eleventh Tesla has issued in about three months.
Tesla knowledgeable federal officers it will replace Boombox to stop it from getting used when autos are in drive, impartial or reverse. The company made the most recent change by means of a distant software replace.
Earlier this month, Tesla recalled greater than 800,000 autos to handle a possible situation with the alert reminding drivers to lock their seatbelts. Days earlier, Tesla issued one other repair for greater than 50,000 autos to handle issues that its extremely scrutinized Full Self-Driving software made some automobiles roll by means of cease indicators.
That recall prompted fierce pushback from Musk, who has repeatedly argued that Tesla’s semi-autonomous and Full Self-Driving software enhances car security moderately than hurting it.
Musk lashed out at an Associated Press journalist over his protection of the cease, accusing the reporter of being a “lobbyist” with “no integrity.”
Musk has had a contentious relationship with federal regulators. The NHTSA is at the moment conducting a probe on Tesla’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” driving system, with a deal with 12 crashes the place Tesla automobiles purportedly didn’t detect emergency autos on the highway.
In October, Musk argued the NHTSA had appointed a senior adviser, Missy Cummings, whose “track record is extremely biased against Tesla.” Cummings was important of Tesla on a number of events, as soon as referring to the company’s autos as “killer robots.”
In 2018, Musk hung up on the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board throughout a name a couple of federal probe right into a crash involving a automobile that had “Autopilot” engaged, Bloomberg reported on the time.