Electric cars must now emit engine-tones at low speeds


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/15/electric-cars-must-now-emit-en.html


#2

Maybe I should add that to my bike too. A low, threatening growl to scare everyone in the bike lane.


#3

I’m on board with this idea.

Jaws theme perhaps?


#4

Playing card in the spokes. Done.

Okay…maybe not growly enough


#5

Good.

I almost got hit by a low speed Prius that was driving where it shouldn’t have been, and came up behind me as I walked. Scared the shit out of both me and the driver when I changed my path into its path without seeing it because it was behind me.


#6

Jetsons car sounds.


#7

My wife’s 2013 (I think) Prius V came with this. It sounds like some kind of Star Trek engine effect, a sort of oscillating whirr-hum, and the pitch and volume are speed-dependent in coarse steps.


#8

Cars have been “enhancing” engine noise artificially for years.


#9

Why don’t we have them emit the sweet scent of partially combusted hydrocarbons while we’re at it?


#10

I started playing music through my phone’s internal speakers whenever I bike, after one too many pedestrians jaywalked right in front of me while looking in the opposite direction. A fair amount of the music could be described as a low, threatening growl. It works.


#11

Just in case anybody is wondering “how oblivious can somebody be to not see a car”:

An 80-year-old man finishing a half marathon was killed yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale.


#12

Isn’t that murder on the battery life?


#13

I knew this was coming. Can we have some fun with this? Does it have to be a real engine sound? Cell phones no longer ring like real phones with bells. I think I would have it sound like a Jetsons car. Oh oh, or a TIE Fighter. Or some cartoon jalopy sound with horns and bonks and ratchet sounds. Or a hydraulic stomping mech sound. If we can do that, I think they just sold me on an electric car.

Here are some ideas:


#14

I haven’t really noticed that to be the case. It’s certainly not as bad as wifi usage or playing some games with no sound.


#15

Or the Imperial March. Or the theme from Speed Racer. Or the launch sounds from a Saturn 5. I’m thinking that just like ringtones, there is a market here.


#16

Yeah, my 2014 Prius C does this.

It’s not quite enough. People will still walk directly in my way in parking lots and then suddenly turn around, startled to realize there’s a car behind them.


#17

I would want mine to emit a polite cough


#18

As a Midwesterner, I love this idea.


#19

Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries?


#20

But think of the possibilities. The theme from “Jaws”? the sound of chickens?