The Silence Of Electric Cars: Our National Nightmare Is Almost Over

gleet

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Anybody got a recording of Steve C's Prius? They want all electrics to make that noise now.:rolleyes:

  • January 7, 2013, 6:11 PM
The Silence Of Electric Cars: Our National Nightmare Is Almost Over
By Tom Gara


The Tesla Model S. So quiet, it’s a problem.​
One of the nice things about electric cars, reviewers often mention, is they are blissfully quiet; freed from the need for an internal combustion engine exploding chambers of gasoline thousands of times every minute, they tend to make minimal amounts of noise.
They’re so quiet, in fact, that it can be a problem — a problem big enough that federal regulators have stepped in with a plan (PDF) to make the cars play a sound of their own. Pedestrians — visually impaired ones especially, but also those blessed with fine eyesight — often hear an oncoming vehicle without seeing it. By being so eerily quiet, electric cars pose a safety risk, so the logic goes.
That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published this list of proposed sounds that electric vehicles should make. Have a listen — it’s what the future sounds like!
The basics are that electric cars should produce a sound when in reverse, and when driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h. One proposal was for the sound to be a recording of what an regular gas-powered car sounds like, but that idea was quickly dismissed because it “would not ensure sufficient detectability.”
Obviously.
The proposed noises are a set of quasi-futuristic whirring hums that sound a bit like what you would imagine an electric engine would sound like, if it didn’t actually sound like nothing at all. They are designed to change in pitch as the speed of the car increases. More precisely, according to the NHTSA, there should be a “one percent shift in pitch frequency of the vehicle sound per km/h of acceleration to ensure that pedestrians would be able to determine whether an [electric vehicle] is accelerating or decelerating.”
The proposed regulations will require carmakers to include “a dynamic range speaker system that is protected from the elements and attached with mounting hardware and wiring to both power the speaker and receive signal inputs and a digital signal processor that receives information from the vehicle regarding vehicle operating status (to produce sounds dependent upon vehicle status). ”
It should cost about $30 per car, the NHTSA estimates, and would — according to some complicated calculations that are too tricky to simplify here — end up reducing pedestrian injuries caused by electric vehicles by about 2800 per year.
Here at Corporate Intelligence, we have a proposal of our own: monetize the electric vehicle tones. They’re the new ringtones. From an iTunes-style cartone store, vehicle owners could buy and download the sound of any vehicle they want: maybe a throaty 1960s V8, maybe an X-Wing or Tie Fighter. Embrace the future. For safety’s sake.
http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-inte...c-cars-our-national-nightmare-is-almost-over/
 

Ballbuster1

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I read about this earlier. Amazing that this is what we're worried
about in this country. Fuck the fact that we spend billions more
than we take in almost every day. Let's worry about cars being too quiet.
 

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My wife has a Lexus hybrid that has an electric-only mode... I call it "golf cart mode"... and the car is eerily quiet when it's moving. It a;so makes an "artificial noise" that's bizarre... it sounds like a pulsing UFO or something. The car makes all sorts of weird noises... in the middle of the night, it'll just click on and start making beeps and whirring noises in the garage... scared the bejesus out of me the first time I was grabbing a bottle of cold voddy out the garage fridge freezer and the car started making Transformer noises at me.
 

Creasy Bear

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I read about this earlier. Amazing that this is what we're worried
about in this country. Fuck the fact that we spend billions more
than we take in almost every day. Let's worry about cars being too quiet.
It's for the protection of the blind pedestrians who can't hear oncoming electric vehicles.

I blame the aspartame-blinded lobby. They wield great political power in their teeming masses and throngs.
 

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I'VE GOT THE FED UP MY ASS!

 

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The sound a car makes can tip off wildlife that a car is coming. It's also a good way for dogs and cats not to get run over.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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i hate to admit it but ive almost been hit buy a few. mostly in parking lots, but that being said, they do make there own kind of noise, i noticed that prius makes a really high pitched sequel. its not just electric cars though, a lot of new cars have very very quiet engines
 

maz

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I just like Gleet's thread title

It looks Perfect , for lack of a better word

And I think a Jetson's car/spaceship noise would be useful in those hybrids
 

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i hate to admit it but ive almost been hit buy a few. mostly in parking lots, but that being said, they do make there own kind of noise, i noticed that prius makes a really high pitched sequel. its not just electric cars though, a lot of new cars have very very quiet engines
Yea my step dads corolla is so quiet when I brought it for an oil change I made the starter grind cause I didn't think it was on