Elon Musk says Tesla Model 3 will be highly voice controlled

In response to an expression of concern that Tesla’s entry-level Model 3 sedan risks safety by requiring drivers to spend too much time looking at and touching the control screen, company CEO Elon Musk promised that drivers — eventually — will be able to do “pretty much anything” via voice controls.

The Model 3, starting at $35,000, is Tesla’s attempt to bring an electric vehicle to the masses. On Friday, the company put the vehicle on display for the public in showrooms for the first time, at the posh Stanford Shopping Center mall in Palo Alto and Century City Mall in Los Angeles. However, Musk and the firm have twice announced production delays, and the company has revealed that while nearly half a million people have reserved the car, only a few thousand at most have been delivered to customers.

On Sunday, a person identifying as Tyson Edwards and saying he was eagerly awaiting his Model 3 asked Musk in a tweet whether the company would add voice controls to the car because “nearly everything you control on the Model 3 requires input on the screen” so drivers have to take their eyes off the road more than in other vehicles.

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The Model 3 has a 15-inch touchscreen, mounted in the center of the dashboard.

Musk took to Twitter about 80 minutes after the tweet from Edwards, saying his Palo Alto electric car company would “definitely” add spoken-language controls to the car.

“You will be able to do pretty much anything via voice command,” Musk went on.

“Software team is focused on core Model 3 functionality right now, but that will be done soon, then we will add a lot more features.”


Photo: People check out the Tesla Model 3, at the electric sedan’s first-ever appearance in a Tesla showroom, on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. (Ethan Baron/Bay Area News Group)


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