Tesla teams up with Calif. PD for April Fools' prank

Car company Tesla and the Palo Alto Police Department poked fun at parking tickets in a video posted on April Fools’ Day


By Police1 Staff

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Car company Tesla and the Palo Alto Police Department poked fun at parking tickets in a video posted on April Fools’ Day.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the electric car company put out a video on YouTube marketing a new Model S that uses software to thwart cops’ attempts to issue a parking citation.

Lt. Zach Perron, a real officer with the department, starred in the clip that showed off the vehicle’s “deterrence” and “avoidance” modes. According to the video, the tech guaranteed an owner would never again receive “parking tickets, or as we like to call them: receipts for premium parking."

The department participated in the prank after Tesla reached out in order to “show that we [police] like to have fun just like anybody else."

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