Singer Sheryl Crow did what many people do when they have a problem with something: She went to Twitter for advice.
The Twitter community is enormous and someone's bound to have the answer you need, right?
What if your question relates to your Tesla and the person who responds to you is none other than Tesla CEO Elon Musk?
That's exactly what happened after Crow said her Tesla's screen was misbehaving.
Help! Who knows what to do when your @Tesla screen goes black and the reset doesn’t work? Return it and get your m… https://t.co/vo2ndT17CA— Sheryl Crow (@Sheryl Crow)1554307863.0
It turns out Crow's problem was easy to solve, especially once Musk was on the case. The remedy? Turning up the brightness.
@SherylCrow @Tesla Change your screen preference from night mode to auto— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1554325266.0
@SherylCrow @Tesla Night mode with 0% brightness is actually too dark during the day. This is ultimately our fault.… https://t.co/VpLkz5FNRh— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1554331133.0
The company's working on a number of fixes, he added.
@EVLatino @SherylCrow @Tesla Night mode default brightness is actually too high imo. Should be lower & allow below… https://t.co/IPAcU4Wygc— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1554331850.0
It certainly made for a cute interaction.
Lmao when sheryl crow says she’s returning her broken Tesla and Elon hits back with “turn the brightness up idiot” https://t.co/QySxy6Conw— benny and the jets and big k (@benny and the jets and big k)1554325676.0
Frankly I’m a little mad at @SherylCrow for causing today’s #Tesla stock price drop. $TSLA $TSLAQ https://t.co/rBl1LvIfXu— 🐶Earl of Frunkpuppy🐶 (@🐶Earl of Frunkpuppy🐶)1554378163.0
@elonmusk @SherylCrow @Tesla lol this is like the peak of customer service.— Ursus (@Ursus)1554325659.0
@elonmusk @SherylCrow @Tesla So now the CEO is also the customer service guy— Nabil Zouhir (@Nabil Zouhir)1554325348.0
Crow later tweeted her thanks, though it's unclear who actually ended up solving the problem.
Problem solved! LOVED all of your creative responses. Best one was suggesting my kids take a look... which would h… https://t.co/cGlTwfMDRQ— Sheryl Crow (@Sheryl Crow)1554331911.0
Oh, and she also had a message for Tesla "haters":
Also, for the haters: I love my @Tesla, and have very few problems. I got the basic model, nothing overly fancy, an… https://t.co/f3aMTyPtYW— Sheryl Crow (@Sheryl Crow)1554332100.0
Musk even thanked her!
@SherylCrow @Tesla Glad you like it! Sorry about the trouble earlier. Helpful feedback for improving the car!— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1554339556.0
You tell 'em, Sheryl.
The control tablet in Tesla's new Model 3 does almost everything: it controls the A/C, tracks your speed, gives your directions, opens the power ports, and can even drive the car for you (using Tesla's autonomous driving systems). It is also capable of one feat which few sci-fi novels could have ever predicted: fart mode.
The tablet contains one "drawer" filled specifically with Tesla Easter Eggs—fun add-ons meant only for humor or novelty. While the Atari video games or crackling fire and enticing music of "romance mode" may grab some people's attention, the most exciting new technological breakthrough in the Model Three can be found by pressing the whoopee cushion icon.
Beats mode? No son this fart mode https://t.co/736UD0hyvj— arb (@arb)1549852403.0
Using "Fart Mode," the tablet user can make it sound like any one of the car's passengers is tooting in one of seven distinct different ways, each given a name referencing an inside joke from Tesla culture.
What a nightmare for a first date! #nursing https://t.co/RuLB7mtjK0— Liz Beattie (@Liz Beattie)1549649785.0
On Twitter, several Tesla drivers were also experimenting with the ability to toot every time a turn signal was activated:
The Tesla update we've all been waiting for: Fart Mode https://t.co/FC5cEdkvo3— Drift0r 🌴 Cayman Islands (@Drift0r 🌴 Cayman Islands)1547156796.0
Twitter users knew the future when they saw it:
@Drift0r This is the most groundbreaking technology I’ve ever seen. Bravo @elonmusk— TmarTn (@TmarTn)1547167670.0
@Drift0r https://t.co/Ta4e8QwdZM— Chris (@Chris)1547217637.0
The possibilities implied by fart mode are staggering to say the least.
@Drift0r @EricVailNaylor2 😂 https://t.co/yGDH2uo5j8— Riesie (@Riesie)1547284238.0
@Drift0r This needs to be an audio que when a passenger sits on a seat when entreating a vehicle. Just triggered by… https://t.co/ED0GV9Y2Yg— Parallax (@Parallax)1547156988.0
@Drift0r My 10 year old has been dreaming of this option, his older sisters not so much.— Mark Anderson (@Mark Anderson)1547248711.0
Fart mode is going to sell more cars than some engine ever did.
Tesla's fart mode is a real gem https://t.co/EkO2LrlHa2 https://t.co/yEtGWmNEmv— Francene Mullings (@Francene Mullings)1549830213.0
@BrucePerens Powered by methane? Aka farts? That explains the emissions test mode in the new Tesla software...— Ria Jairam - N2RJ (@Ria Jairam - N2RJ)1549388169.0
Tesla has a fart mode. Of course it does. #spacepollution— Tom B. Taker ☢️ (@Tom B. Taker ☢️)1549654996.0
With fart mode a part of life, things are only getting better!
@Drift0r I may have to buy a Tesla just to download this update and operate it as an Uber and record my riders’ rea… https://t.co/aaEdkzEVCE— Elihu Leemor (@Elihu Leemor)1547215983.0
@Drift0r Disappointing. I thought “fart mode” was some kind of advanced ventilation system for when you dutch oven yourself in the car.— w.f. carolyn (@w.f. carolyn)1547261033.0
Well done, Elon Musk.
Congratulations on the technological breakthrough of the century!
@Drift0r How’s that underground tunnel and mission to Mars coming along ? @elonmusk : the Tesla farts 😂💀😂💀— Seth Harvey (@Seth Harvey)1547431449.0
Elon Musk Says Classical Music Will Be Used To Protect Tesla Owners 'Rick And Morty'-Style With 'Sentry Mode' 😮
Should it surprise you that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a fan of Rick and Morty? Probably not.
Well, Tesla owners, things are about to get a lot more meta.
A few days ago, Musk announced that Tesla would roll out a 360-camera theft prevention "Sentry Mode" for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot. The announcement was a surprise; Musk made it in response to a social media user who, after finding a dent in his car, suggested Tesla vehicles should have 360-degree dash cam features.
Tesla Sentry Mode coming soon for all cars with Enhanced Autopilot https://t.co/x2buQWiABX— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1548198500.0
A few days later, Musk revealed that Tesla's Sentry mode will play Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" during a robbery...
...and that sometimes, believe it or not, it might play the heavy metal version.
But, occasionally, the metal version https://t.co/ogHYUPoA9z— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1548558406.0
He noted that the new system would "Keep Summer safe," a reference to a Rick and Morty episode where the smart car is told to "keep Summer safe," referring to Morty's sister Summer.
Keep Summer Safe | Rick and Morty | Adult Swim youtu.be
Does this mean your Tesla will include rather violent antitheft measures à la StickDeath's anti-auto theft Security System series? ...Maybe.
A Tesla representative did not elaborate on what Musk meant by his tweet, but Engadget posited that Sentry Mode will feature an "always-on dash cam function or will switch on automatically when it senses a blow or break-in to the vehicle."
A "rough beta" test is coming soon, though.
@annerajb @Teslarati Rough beta in 2 to 3 weeks— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1548439115.0
People seem pretty intrigued..
@elonmusk We need a demo Elon. I have to see this. :)— Hunter (@Hunter)1548560437.0
@elonmusk https://t.co/ZwYIxvpVwp— Alec Tokosch (@Alec Tokosch)1548559065.0
@elonmusk Such a versatile multi-verse, and organ-ic. 🤣🤣— Kata Lyst Stella V. (@Kata Lyst Stella V.)1548558563.0
@elonmusk Hi Elon, please ensure with a loud volume!— Vincent (@Vincent)1548558174.0
Did we mention that the puns are also pretty heavenly?
@elonmusk That’s what I love about you, Elon: you don’t get hung up on D Minor details.— James Stephenson (@James Stephenson)1548557508.0
@elonmusk The thieves won't be Bach again!— bharat : sharma (@bharat : sharma)1548558452.0
@boynamedbharat @elonmusk I can’t Handel this.— Sara Boutall (@Sara Boutall)1548618367.0
Can't wait to see if this lives up to our expectations.
The Starship Hopper is ready to begin its mission. Or at least, it's ready for some test launches.
Thursday night, Elon Musk announced the test-flight version of his Starship had finished assembly. Previous images showed renderings of the planned spacecraft, but now we have it in reality.
It's a shiny craft that looks a little like a stainless steel travel trailer. However, it is far larger.
Notice the little astronaut for scale.
Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not… https://t.co/YIl2NlwTHZ— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1547177500.0
This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1547177792.0
This Starship is designed for 'hopping' tests. Very similar to the test ship Falcon 9 Hopper in 2013, the craft takes off a predetermined distance into the sky and lands again. This helps test the launch and landing mechanisms, which is what allows SpaceX to reuse their rockets.
People are ready to go to space.
Every little kid has a dream of making a spaceship. Elon Musk was just the one that didn’t let adult expectations c… https://t.co/lwCVwpxodZ— Bobbie Byrd (@Bobbie Byrd)1547214930.0
@elonmusk Bro Elon Musk, Im in love with all the work you for this humanity. As I get older I will try to help you… https://t.co/MDNEnMut7H— Anderian (@Anderian)1547197553.0
@elonmusk @SpaceX Thanks Elon, I love what the future is bringing us all! But I gotta know, do you see a similarit… https://t.co/TClkTBOGMp— Gregory Austin (@Gregory Austin)1547184431.0
However, people also discovered the photo presented was carefully curated. A different Twitter user drove past the shuttle and took pictures and video.
The internet was quick to point out the perceived deception.
Starship taking shape! 👽 (photos from today) #BocaChica #SpaceX #Starship https://t.co/KY8oo5LBfn— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo)1546998866.0
me when I post a selfie vs IRL https://t.co/0j4Wnqh0oE— ok girl (@ok girl)1547194067.0
@TeslaCharts https://t.co/mTL4p5zftL— ᴊsʜ (@ᴊsʜ)1547177718.0
Others joked about the overall design of the rocket.
Did Musk get his spaceship designs from 1950’s science fiction? https://t.co/2JRbD9o9YX— OldManBeaston (@OldManBeaston)1547178006.0
@elonmusk @SpaceX Goddammit Elon I told you not to steal my spaceship drawings from when I was 6— CheeseInTheOven🧀 (@CheeseInTheOven🧀)1547181988.0
The current iteration of the Starship is just a test. Much like the Falcon 9 Hopper, this vehicle is designed to test various components. An official prototype of the final Starship is planned to be completed by June, according to Musk.
In the meantime, he needs to make plans for the Hopper's tests.
@LPAmdee @SpaceX Aiming for 4 weeks, which probably means 8 weeks, due to unforeseen issues— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1546702586.0
SpaceX has already sold out tickets for a planned orbit around the moon. The mission is scheduled for a 2023 launch. If all goes to plan, they will be the first humans since Apollo 17 to visit the moon's orbit.