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According to Electrek (This article and its images were originally posted on Electrek January 10, 2019 at 04:43PM.)
Tesla has taken steps to prepare its Model 3 for the upcoming regulation forcing automakers to have a pedestrian noise machine in electric vehicles.After years of consideration, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) finally implemented what has now been known as the “quiet car rule” to force automakers to add a pedestrian noise device to its electric and hybrid vehicles.
By the end of next year, all new electric cars will have to emit a sound at low speed to warn pedestrian of their presence.
Tesla has been preparing for the change for years now.
Back in 2016, Tesla Model S schematics with a device for “pedestrian noise” leaked in the part catalogs:
Now it looks like Tesla is taking actual steps to modify Model 3 parts to fit the device in question.
Model 3 owner and Youtuber DÆrik spotted what appears to be a speaker grill in the underside of the front-end of his Model 3:
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