Negative Public Reaction to Seeing the Car

Negative Public Reaction to Seeing the Car

WOW! I wasn't prepared driving in my Model S Sig today to get a negative taunt thrown at me... I was showing some friends of mine at their office in a heavily walked area. Some guy comes up and says "Oh, so that's what my tax money is paying for." Now, I'm not normally political, but I went off... For those just receiving your car, have some nice witty retorts just in case you get something like that... I have a few good ones now that I am prepared. Of course, that's been the 1 bad out of 100 good who keep stopping and looking or wanting to see it (and I've only had it on the street for less than an hour)...

Mel. | 28 november 2013

lolachampcar, +1

Brian H | 28 november 2013

Maneuvering in parking lots is dicey. An ex-co-worker had just left his car when someone turned into the pavement behind his car, and before he could move, crushed his legs against the rear body. He is now disabled, permanently crippled, and very bitter.

Sound was irrelevant there, of course. Just sayin' the dangers are real.

Perhaps in parking lots, pop the pano roof, or a window, and play music inside the car loud enough to be heard?

jeffsstuff | 28 november 2013

Simple solution, a wireless doorbell in tHe fronk with the button concealed under the driver seat. A simple Home Depot fix. | 28 november 2013

@Smith 1
It would be nice to once hear a positive statement come out of you. It seems the only time you speak up is when you have an opportunity to say something negative or critical of others.

jbunn | 28 november 2013

You are free to impress us

jjaeger | 28 november 2013

truth and intelligence :-) You think very highly of yourself hey? How about instigation and indignation - a bit more appropriate me thinks.

akikiki | 28 november 2013

The problem is not a silent vehicle. The problem has become the people listening to headsets and texting while they are completely at a loss for the world around them. The walk into walls, doors, holes in the ground, and mall fountains to name a few.

Listen to the news. Once a week somewhere someone is run over by a bus. You think the bus is silent?

SCCRENDO | 28 november 2013

@jbunn, @jjaeger

david.baird | 29 november 2013

@Velo1 - thanks, will take a read.

@BrianH - "Perhaps in parking lots, pop the pano roof, or a window, and play music inside the car loud enough to be heard?"

- I think there's three days per year here in Belgium where opening the pano would be acceptable :-D

renwo S alset | 4 december 2013

Is Smith 1 still around? I thought he had been permanently flagged.

gill_sans | 4 december 2013

+1 @lolachampcar

diegoPasadena | 4 december 2013

The whole silent car issue is, as far as I can ascertain, a red herring. Here's why:
In a city environment, the background noise masks not only an EV's approach, but also that of all kinds of other relatively quiet cars. Many large luxury cars produce practically no audible engine noise, just tire noise. So that eliminates the issue for cities.
For quiet residential areas or out in the country, the tire noise from about 15 mph up brings the Model S's to about par with those same types of ICE cars. It's definitely audible by pedestrians. For cyclists, or the jackass in Velo1's encounter with the earbuds, there is no difference - they wouldn't hear any of them over the wind noise or music in their ears.
So now we're left with the very narrow circumstance of driving with speeds below 15 mph in a very quiet environment. The car will stop on a dime from that speed. So if we just keep our regular state of awareness when we drive, an unaware pedestrian with blinders on would have to run into our stopped car for there to be any contact.
So the whole thing really is a non-issue.

david.baird | 4 december 2013

@Smith 1 - regardless of any other posts of yours that I may not agree with, in this case I support what you're saying.

I do think silent electric cars pose a risk to pedestrians and cyclists, purely because they're not used to them. Yes, they're also often at fault for being absorbed on their mobile devices while walking, but I feel us Tesla owners (or in my case to-be...) have a responsibility to exercise extreme caution and extra courtesy to others.

Right now I don't drive much, but walk and take public transport. I wear bluetooth headphones all the time and listen to music, I also run wearing them. I have learned to use my eyes as I'm fully aware I can't hear any cars, never mind the EV's (not that we have so many here in Brussels). I've also spent a lot of time observing the behaviour of other pedestrians and a lot of them are purely relying on their ears, I see them walking onto pedestrian crossings without looking at all. When they're texting it's even worse, totally oblivious to the world around them.

So I would recommend you're extra observant, anticipative and perhaps edge out of that parking space a little slower than you could. Better safe than sorry.

And yes, I expect a software update in the future to address some of these issues with an audible warning.

Brian H | 5 december 2013

Listen to any modern sedan on the street. Tire noise is all you hear. With diego on this one. Non-issue or fake issue.

david.baird | 5 december 2013

You could be right Brian. Perhaps I've a skewed perspective living in Belgium as the vast majority of cars are diesels (due to the lower cost of the fuel here); they make a LOT of noise, rattling like a bag of spanners in a washing machine...

Captain_Zap | 5 december 2013


The subject is gone for now. All that remains is resurrected zombie posts. If a post is reinstated it becomes invincible, it seems.