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george.leopold
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re: Silicon Valley Nation: What should your EV sound like?
george.leopold   1/10/2013 3:22:33 PM
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AA-OOO-GAH!! or "Go, Pack, Go!"

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Robotics Developer   1/10/2013 4:01:41 PM
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I could see a number of neat sound options: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Ferrari Porsche Ride of the Valkyries Star Wars Theme Theme from Jaws (both fun and a great warning!) In reverse - the standard Beep, Beep, Beep that we all know and hate (but it gets your attention).

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Wnderer   1/10/2013 5:14:22 PM
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"Car, car C A R. Stick your head in a jelly jar." Or maybe like in the Bill Cosby routine where all the go carts have their own theme song.

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JollyPaul   1/10/2013 5:54:09 PM
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If we are going down this road, then the new regulations need to apply to all vehicles, regardless of how it is powered (gas,EV,pedal power). Personally I think it is just a knee jerk reaction to new technology. People need to be aware of their surroundings and take responsibility for themselves. If you are clueless enough to walk in front of a moving car because it is not loud enough, Darwin will see you to the exit door soon enough for a cause unrelated to EVs.

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krisi   1/10/2013 6:19:10 PM
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Perhaps we need some specific standards for this noise...otherwise everyone will play a different tune like in cellphone rings...specifying the dB levels in not sufficient...people need to know it is car coming!

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Brian Fuller2   1/10/2013 7:41:57 PM
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@Big Paul, personal responsibility? What? That's so old school! ; ) Thanks for commenting!

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GMF   1/10/2013 8:04:15 PM
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An EV (or all vehicles) should make noise iff there's a possibility of running into something.

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any1   1/10/2013 8:40:07 PM
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I agree Big Paul. Don't we have enough noise pollution already without adding more? This is a bad idea. Are "quiet" EVs currently on the road grandfathered out of this requirement?

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l_rasmus   1/10/2013 8:51:44 PM
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It is blind people who pushed for these minimum sound requirements. I am a blind engineer, and know that this problem has been under discussion for more than 10 years. In Montgomery County, Maryland, pedestrian safety campaigns recommend that pedestrians "make eye contact" with drivers. Good luck getting me to do that. Sound from an "idling" car is just as important as from one in motion. As much as possible, we need to be able to hear vehicles which may collide with us as we cross streets. I think manufacturers are going to be sensible about the sounds they select; a lot of groundwork has already been laid.

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Willpower99   1/10/2013 9:42:48 PM
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Why can't radar sensors on the front and rear of the car be a solution instead? Otherwise I vote for the sound of the WARP engines from Star Trek.

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