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​People Reckon Design Of New Tesla Driverless Car Should Be Based On ‘Brum’

​People Reckon Design Of New Tesla Driverless Car Should Be Based On ‘Brum’

The British TV series about the artificially-intelligent self-driven car was first broadcast in 1991 and came to an end in 2002

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

Tesla's driverless cars are a bit of an unnerving prospect, especially given that self-driving vehicles have already been known to get people killed.

However, the good people of Reddit might just have a way for things to seem a lot less scary - having reminded us of a friendly face in a thread about Elon Musk's new venture.

The thread was titled 'Tesla unveils new driverless car design, will be built and tested in the Midlands.'

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But the best bit comes when you spot the image that's been uploaded to go alongside it: a photo of classic children's TV character, Brum.

The British TV series about the artificially-intelligent self-driven car was first broadcast in 1991, originally narrated by Toyah Wilcox. When his owner wasn't looking, Brum would venture into the 'Big Town' and get up to mischief - being the little yellow LAD that he is.

The live-action show came to an end in 2002, but a new CGI-animated series was also produced in 2016.

"This may be a joke but this would sell," one person commented on Reddit.

"To be fair, Brum probably drives better than my Honda Civic!" another added.

One person also posed: "Is it 'driverless' if it's sentient? Too much philosophy for a Tuesday morning."

But this ingenious idea wasn't the only thing that came from this Reddit thread. In fact, there was something else MUCH more mind-blowing.

One person asked: "Am I the only one who just realised he's called Brum because he's from Birmingham?"

Someone else added: "Yeah I always thought it was supposed to sound like a car revving."

Another Redditor replied: "It's because he lives in a motor museum in 'the big city' (aka Birmingham), and because it's also the sound a car makes, so the name means both things."

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Someone else chimed in: "Well if you want some backstory. BRUM used to head into Birmingham from Bourton Car Museum. When he left and came back to the garage at the start and end of each episode that is Bourton car museum and he was also designed and built by one of the museums restoration experts.

"The reason it was always in Birmingham was because that's where the film studios were. One of my school friends dad is a firefighter and was in the episode where they are washing the fire engine and brum visits so they wash him too."

Well, if we see Elon Musk knocking about with yellow paint on his hands, we'll know what he's up to...

Featured Image Credit: PA/BBC

Topics: tesla, elon musk, TV and Film, News, Funny, Technology, Cars

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