Tesla’s Christmas Treat Is A Voice-Activated “Santa Mode”

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Tesla’s latest Easter egg, “Santa Mode”, is probably one of its most festive one to date, and put many drivers into the Christmas spirit.

If you have not heard about the “Santa Mode” Easter egg, you’re going to want to keep reading. You’re also going to wish you had the chance to see it in person, for yourself.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, is well-known for being a fan of incorporating Easter eggs into his vehicles. He’s got a great sense of humor that both Tesla owners and others can enjoy. For those who are not aware of the lingo, an “Easter egg” refers to a hidden feature.

The term was originally coined by video gamers who found hidden features in their games that referred to a previous game or different franchise altogether. It’s basically an inside joke and is supposed to give a similar  feeling to finding hidden eggs in an Easter hunt.

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If you remember back to last April, Tesla placed an Easter egg in its vehicles that transformed the digital dash into a Mario Kart themed rainbow road. Also, during last year’s holiday season, Tesla designed an Easter egg that was specifically made just for the Model X.

When the car owners entered the particular code into their vehicle, the car put on a spectacular holiday performance with all the bells and whistles, literally and figuratively. The doors moved, rock music blared and lights flashed in a joyous harmony. This year, the holiday treat was a little different, but nonetheless enjoyable as always. For one, it was voice activated.

According to Tesla Motors Club,

"“The update places a reindeer icon in the Easter Egg Menu. You can press the icon to select “Santa Mode” or use the voice command “Ho Ho Ho,” which replaces the vehicle icon in the instrument cluster with Santa in a sleigh loaded with presents.Nearby cars are also replaced with reindeer icons. Turn signals sounds are replaced by jingling bells.”"

When the above Easter egg is activated, the song Run Rudolph Run would play. TechSpot reports that there was an additional Easter egg hidden in the one mentioned above – just as Elon Musk stated in his Tweet. When drivers said “Ho Ho Ho Not Funny” via the voice command, the classic Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer song played instead.

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Click the video below, originally posted by Drag Times, to see”Santa Mode” in use. It’s as if the car’s “dash” turned into a winter wonderland. Is that “Dasher”? Nope, it’s Rudolf.

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