I test drove the Model S, but did not try the horn.
What does it sound like? German, American, or toy like Asian horn?
American, from what I recall on the last test drive.
BTW - besides the main "urgency" horn in the steering wheel, I would love a second horn, maybe sounded by a flick inward of the right-hand shifter, that could be used to alert pedestrians or cyclists that I'm right here, principally since they may not hear the presence of an electric car. Something softer, less startling, than the emergency-type alarm.
How about VROOOM, VROOOM? Some cars have the Fake sounds, right?
Great Idea---especially at corners or in parking lots---the heart pounding big block V8 sound would be safe and cool...for unaware people---especially as they are mall shopping and not keeping their minds on what is around them.
Prob been on other threads as well----the S could have all sorts of sound effects ;-P
I like the idea of a second horn for pedestrians... especially here in Los Angeles. Pedestrians dont even look both ways before crossing the street in LA... crazy. Its not like I wont stop but pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings.
I still like "Ah-OOOgah!" ;(
How about if they let you pick a MP3 file from a plugged in USB stick. Now that could be fun...
I can see it now: a new industry of downloadable honk tones.
besides the main "urgency" horn in the steering wheel, I would love a second horn, maybe sounded by a flick inward of the right-hand shifter, that could be used to alert pedestrians or cyclists that I'm right here, principally since they may not hear the presence of an electric car. Something softer, less startling, than the emergency-type alarm. (Velo1)
The idea is not new, some electric cars have that already, which is why I was a little surprised that Tesla seems to have nothing comparable. Should be on the requirements specification for 2.0!
Is the horn in a Model S a standard electric type or something more exotic. I'm just thinking about whether the tone might be modified by software, or whether an entirely new horn would be required. If the former, this would be a good candidate for the Software Enhancement thread.
The Roadrunner "Meep, meep" sound would be great.
I don't like the fact that EU is thinking about requiring some artificial sound from cars that are too silent. Unless if they come up with a really good sound, the ones I've heard so far are mostly ridiculous. But a second, more friendly, horn signal is a great idea.
I really like the idea of a second horn sound selectable from MP3 files.
Galloping horse sound effect? ;) (Lifted from old radio westerns, of course.)
Any modern car is almost silent except for tire noise on approach, anyway. Such noise as there is is mostly heard when it passes and is receding. By which time it's too late!
Brian, don't forget the bumping/crunching noise when the car makes contact.
I smell an Oppotunity Horn right around the corner. I'm an idea guy, so hopefully someone will make it happen. I like the idea of an MP3 file, perhaps a snippet of Led Zepplin or other Classic Rock era. Now I just realized how old I am, so hurry up Tesla, I need my car!
I kind of like the idea of squealing brakes and screeching tires. That should wake up anyone who isn't paying attention.
I kind of like the idea of squealing brakes and screeching tires. (David70)
Finishing up with some breaking glass sound would be the icing on the cake! :-)
"ThermoNuclear Reactor" sound like it is about to do a China Syndrome meltdown. Or A Tesla Coil releasing too much stored energy with a big ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzap!