Tesla’s new anti-theft car system to play Bach and Beethoven to scare away vandals

1 February 2019, 14:02 | Updated: 17 April 2019, 12:43

The music of Bach and Beethoven will scare away potential thieves
The music of Bach and Beethoven will scare away potential thieves. Picture: Getty Images

By Sofia Rizzi

Classical music is being used as a new Tesla car alarm to stop break-ins and robberies.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed his plans for a new and rather unconventional anti-theft car system.

When the car detects an intrusion it will loudly play one of Johann Sebastian Bach's best-known pieces, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

The menacing organ piece, whilst being a humorous answer to a burglar alarm, will draw as much attention as possible to those trying to break into the vehicle. Many people will be familiar with its three dramatic opening flourishes followed by the low, growling pedal note underneath a huge, fortissimo rolling chord.

Elon Musk announced the news on his Twitter page:

The innovative CEO took other musical suggestions on Twitter, with one user suggesting a metal cover of Beethoven's famous ‘Moonlight’ Sonata No. 14, which Musk agreed to include in the most recent update.

This isn't the first time a Tesla car has used music in its features. The Model X shared a festive display of the car's lights and 'winged' car doors to the song ‘Wizards in Winter’ by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

A certain pun springs to mind...

Dude, Bach off my car
Dude, Bach off my car. Picture: Classical 101