Because its new glass so quiet, not for nefarious reasons.
We have lots of thoughts on Tesla, and a good handful of complaints, but we're not above admitting the company is an innovator. It was the first to offer over-the-air updates, the first to offer a Sentry Mode, and it holds the distinguished honor of getting the first fast-and-fun EV to a wide market.
Lately, we've spent most of our digital ink on its Autopilot function and "full self-driving" but today we're talking about its acoustic glass, which was first introduced back in early 2020. It's called Tesla Glass, obviously and the project was the charge of Mike Pilliod, a former Apple engineer.
We get a video look at the new sound-deadening tech from the company's "glass technology center" in Los Angeles. The video subject rolls up the side glass in a Tesla Model 3 while in a busy and noisy shop, and the racket just stops.
He goes into the difficulties of creating the glass that goes from the front of the vehicle all the way to the tail. He talks about the acoustic glass that features a layer of sound damping material sandwiched between an inner and outer piece. It needs to be tested for road and wind noise, and to prove that it can withstand a rollover accident.
For Tesla specifically, this glass has to allow its camera's vision to pass through for its autonomous software, but it also has to be UV resistant. The video shows an infrared view of the vehicle with and without protective glass.
Tesla has spurred the industry forward in many areas surrounding EVs, including the adoption of the vehicles themselves. And we'll admit that it's exciting to think about laser windshield washers and glass dashboards. The company is sometimes too clever by half. If it fixed its initial quality and renamed full self-driving to assisted driving, and got rid of the yoke steering wheel, the rest of the complaints would surely be quieter. Especially from inside the cabin.