In this modern age, what could be more impressive than a talking car?
It’s not news anymore that Tesla has distinguished itself from other car brands with its disruptive approach to everything.
The distinction increases steadily with even more ground-breaking features and innovations, some of which were improbable in recent years.
We’ve already seen some amazing features including autopilot, so let’s see if their cars can talk to each other.
Here’s the short answer to whether Teslas talk to each other:
Tesla cars can communicate with each other, but not in the traditional fashion. However, that we’re discussing such ideas means they have a lot of other cool features. Close substitutes for “talking to each other” are the boombox feature and car model/color recognition.
Can Two Tesla Cars Communicate With Each Other?
Teslas don’t exactly communicate with each other, at least not the way you’d expect. However, as you’d discover in this article, there are some alternatives and consolations for the absence of direct communication.
Currently, Tesla vehicles can broadcast a unique signal through their BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) systems. While experts say they can tweak this system to allow cars to communicate, it isn’t available in Teslas yet.
Signal broadcasting via the BLE system has many other uses. However, they don’t count as communication to us. We’d discuss its other uses next.
For now, know that communication extends beyond just voice. That’s why we’d consider any ‘sharing’ of information as effective communication.
Can Tesla Cars Recognize Each Other?
We told you there are many applications of the BLE system. One application ensures that Teslas can recognize their siblings and cousins on the roads.
Of course, it means every Tesla has to broadcast its specifications in some way for other Teslas to decipher.
Also, a detailed recognition would include the model and exterior color of the vehicle. So Teslas may detect not just other Teslas but other car brands as well. They may also be able to detect emergency cars too.
However, these detections aren’t always 100% accurate. Hence, it might be a while before drivers can get their hands on a fully foolproof recognition system.
Can Tesla Drivers Communicate With Each Other?
Sure, they can if they’ve got their windows rolled down, but we feel that’s not what you had in mind. Practically speaking, drivers could get a message to other drivers in some way.
You can call someone in another Tesla using the built-in cellular interface available in almost any modern vehicle. However, this requires that you have the person’s phone number. As you’ve guessed, it would prove useless in an emergency if you’re trying to warn other drivers you don’t know.
As explained earlier, there’s no sound or voice communication between Tesla cars yet. The closest they came to that was the boombox feature. Technically, it’s still a viable approach.
The boombox feature in modern Teslas allowed drivers to play sounds (including music and their voices) through external speakers. However, this could violate federal safety laws. So, Tesla released a software update that disabled it while cars were in motion.
What this means is that drivers can still alert other drivers to a problem if their cars are parked. What’s great about the boombox feature is that you can use it to issue a warning to any car. So, you don’t have to be restricted to just Teslas.
That being said, there’s no unique way for Tesla drivers to talk to themselves. Knowing Tesla, that’ll change pretty soon.
For now, headlights, hazard lights, and brake lights should do the trick.
Do Teslas Have Voice Recognition?
The Tesla voice recognition system is a lifesaver, especially for people who aren’t used to driving Teslas.
If you’ve ever been in a Tesla, you know their dashboards are pretty much empty, save for the screens. This is unique but can be scary since almost every other car on the planet has buttons on its dashboard.
With the voice recognition feature, drivers who are new to Tesla wouldn’t fumble to find their controls on a screen. Instead, they can easily access almost any interior function of the car by simply speaking.
However, they’d need to memorize the voice commands for frequently used functions first before they get familiar with the rest.
The voice feature has improved safety because drivers can fully focus on their driving path while simultaneously controlling other functions. There’s no need for them to fix their gazes on the screen.
While there are actual voice commands, the voice recognition system can adjust a setting based on some regular comments.
Can a Tesla Follow Another Tesla Without a Driver?
A Tesla can’t follow another one without a driver.
Tesla is famous for its advanced driver-assist technology. The vehicles have autopilot capabilities, which take most of the driving effort away from the driver.
However, you’d still need to keep watch and be able to take over at any moment, just in case.
The closest they’ve come to fully autonomous driving is with their ‘summon’ feature.
The summon feature allows users to make their Tesla come to them by pressing a button on the phone app. They can also do the opposite and leave you to park themselves in your garage.
However, with any new tech, there are a lot of limitations and it’ll take a while to perfect operations.
The summon feature doesn’t work on public roads yet, and such limitations are common during the beta stages of testing. However, they’d work well in parking lots.
You also need to leave your finger on the “come to me” button until the car gets to you.
Think of this as a safety precaution that helps you halt your vehicle when you believe it isn’t working optimally. You wouldn’t want to hit someone when you summon your car.
Do Tesla Owners Wave to Each Other When Passing?
There’s a feeling that Tesla owners have when they drive. It’s a sense of belonging, as though they are all from one community.
This feeling is like what iPhone users feel, so in simple terms, Tesla is the iPhone of EVs.
We’ve heard of several scenarios of Tesla drivers waving at each other when they pass. This is more common in places where there aren’t a lot of Teslas around. It was also more common in the early years of Tesla vehicles when there were fewer Teslas moving about.
Hence, we’ve identified time and location as the two factors that influence ‘wave action.’
Nevertheless, even if there aren’t a lot of Teslas in your city, don’t feel pressured to wave. It’s not a strict rule. Still, if you get waved at, we’re sure waving back might make the other person’s day.
Who knows, you just might make a new buddy when you do that.