The French motor car manufacturer Peugeot has produced a talking car.
PARIS, FRANCE SEPTEMBER 23, 1982 (REUTERS - PIERRE RIHOUET)
GV EXTERIOR Peugeot building/ sign (2 shots) 0.08
GV 505 Turbo car with new warning equipment 0.17
SV Driver starts up car and gets musical warning sound followed by human voice ordering him to shut the door, and take handbrake off (2 shots) 0.40
SV Driver instructed to put seat-belt on 0.50
CU Dashboard from which warning voice comes 0.55
GV Car drives off and through streets (2 shots) 1.09
GV INTERIOR Driver instructed to put on seat-belt by voice 1.30
CU Dashboard indicating fuel is low and voice warning 1.35
CU Speaker underneath dashboard 1.40
SV PAN Car in traffic in Champs Elysee 1.52
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Background: The French motor car manufacturer Peugeot has produced a talking car. The company unveiled the new Peugeot 505 Turbo in Paris on September 23 equipped with a human voice warning system. The idea is to give the motorist a verbal early warning to complement the flashing lights, which can be found on most dashboards to indicate faults. Male and female voices are used to sound the alert. For emergency information, like an abnormality in the water temperature or oil pressure -- or lack of water, oil, or brake fluid -- a masculine voice is heard. For other messages, like insufficient petrol, "fasten your seat-belts" or "close the door", a female voice is preferred. Each spoken message is preceded by a hurst of music. The speaker is located just beneath the dashboard where the car radio would normally be. This model was given its first test along the Champs Elysee, where the dangers are usually greater from fellow motorists than internal faults.