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Government Proposes Minimum Sounds for 'Quiet Cars': Are Electric Cars Dangerous?

Fef 2013/01/07 23:35:07
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Years ago, I predicted that the government would some day require electric and hybrid cars to emit noises to warn pedestrians and cyclists. Today, my prediction came true. I wanted to start a business making noise emitters. Imagine the racket (pun intended) of selling these devices for $35 each for every hybrid driven in America!

Check out the personal story we experienced at SodaHead with a hybrid driver: Hybrid Drivers: Are They Smug?

DETROITNEWS.COM reports:The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing new rules to require minimum sound levels from electric vehicles, hybrids and other quiet cars to warn pedestrians.
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  • Cat 2013/01/08 01:39:03
    Yes, they're silent killers
    Cat
    +6
    They should have speakers playing the sound of a thousand hamsters running in treadmills and squeaking gleefully, totally oblivious to their captivity.

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  • Rdtourist 2013/01/10 14:54:03
    No, you just have to be careful
    Rdtourist
    Stupid, maybe they need to put proximity detectors on phones and ipods? After all, they put backup assist camera and people detectors on cars, as well as lane deviation alarms for sleeping drivers. If they can do all this to keep cars on the road and not running over things, why not an avoidance system on cell phones?
  • Somkey the Hores 2013/01/10 07:20:42
    Yes, they're silent killers
    Somkey the Hores
    Put a bell on 'em.
  • Stan Kapusta 2013/01/10 05:17:11
    No, you just have to be careful
    Stan Kapusta
    Just look! You'll probably see it.
  • Somkey ... Stan Ka... 2014/04/08 20:28:10
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    I was going to cross a street, I cleared right to left including my 6, and by time I got done looking left something made me check right again and there was a hyb in emode. Couldn't hear it given the ambient noise level.
  • seahawk665 2013/01/10 03:25:00
    No, you just have to be careful
    seahawk665
    unless you're blind. Not everyone has a seeing-eye dog.
  • Somkey ... seahawk665 2014/04/08 20:28:46
    Somkey the Hores
    Do YOU have eyes on the back of your head? These things MOVE AROUND.
  • JDLogan 2013/01/10 02:20:26
    No, you just have to be careful
    JDLogan
    Another piece of legislation to protect those too stupid and/or self absorbed to pay attention to what is going on around them, whether the dumb is driving the car or walking in front of it. All cars have federally mandated noise makers for emergency situations and waking up idiots, it's called a horn.
  • Somkey ... JDLogan 2014/04/08 20:29:08
  • Jim 2013/01/10 00:39:24 (edited)
    No, you just have to be careful
    Jim
    Electric cars suffer from the same feature bloat, ugliness, and overengineering that all other cars have. There's no reason electric cars should cost any more than a gas engined car.

    I'd buy an electric car if it looked like a '62 Chevy II, had lead-acid batteries, and a variable frequency A/C motor with a robust motor controller. Bring back the old 2-speed auto transmission and hook the electric motor up to it. Although electric motors don't technically need a transmission, the torque converter and two speeds will improve performance without adding much complexity.

    All of the soccer mom options and computerized bullcrap is what makes electric cars expensive. When it comes time to replace batteries on my hypothetical electric car, just drive to AutoZone and swap out one deep cycle for another. Easy and cheap.
  • Kurt 2013/01/09 23:45:03
    Yes, they're silent killers
    Kurt
    They can't save you in a collision with another object unlike the older models of vehicles.
  • us 2013/01/09 22:11:46
    Yes, they're silent killers
    us
    +1
    Green cars, cost are high, No comes out to say your electric bill will be higher, no has sad what will happen for the batteries when there no good. It is sad when Government is pushing everyone to have green car.
  • Somkey ... us 2013/01/10 07:22:26
  • us Somkey ... 2013/01/11 23:22:56
    us
    NO, AMerican Flag
  • Somkey ... us 2013/01/15 04:53:25
    Somkey the Hores
    I'll meet you half way
    ill meet
  • us Somkey ... 2013/01/16 19:22:31
    us
    Thanks for writing back, No this is not the American Flag of the United states of America, that we the people fought for since the beginning of America. Men
    have fought America.
  • Somkey ... us 2013/01/17 01:49:37
    Somkey the Hores
    Vietnam Era Vet 1973-79, you're welcome.
    vietnam era vet 1973-79
  • us Somkey ... 2013/01/22 04:19:30
    us
    thanks for writing but the symbol, the guy who is suppose to be?
  • Somkey ... us 2013/01/22 06:35:27
    Somkey the Hores
    It's obama.
  • us Somkey ... 2013/01/24 03:38:49
    us
    thanks for writing back.
  • Somkey ... us 2013/01/24 09:42:24
    Somkey the Hores
    Don't mentch.
  • RTHTGakaRoland 2013/01/09 20:33:35
    Yes, they're silent killers
    RTHTGakaRoland
    Less so for normally able adult humans; but electric vehicles are a real risk for children, pets, wildlife, and those with impaired vision.
  • Dickens 2013/01/09 19:59:42
    No, you just have to be careful
    Dickens
    ..I can see (no pun intended) where blind people might have a problem, but everyone else should be watching for traffic...
  • Somkey ... Dickens 2013/01/11 00:40:13
    Somkey the Hores
    You can't look in all directions at once. I had one come up on me from a direction I had already cleared. They MOVE, ya know?
  • TKramar 2013/01/09 19:34:18
    No, you just have to be careful
    TKramar
    Pay attention to the road--that means no eating, applying makeup, Facebooking, texting, chatting with your passengers, etc. Your attention should be focused solely on your surroundings.
  • Mo 2013/01/09 18:36:14
    Yes, they're silent killers
    Mo
    I recently heard birds chirping as i sat at a crosswalk and eventually realized it was a noise intended to inform blind pedestrians that they could safely cross the street. Chirping was probably chosen because it was pleasant and blended into the serene atmosphere but that also seemed to render it ineffective. Not only would the blind need to really be on their toes, sighted pedestrians were looking up in the air trying to spot the source. I wonder how many bureaucrats it took to screw in that bulb and if the government approved hybrid car noise will be any better?
  • lurx: the soda jerk 2013/01/09 17:24:09
    Yes, they're silent killers
    lurx: the soda jerk
  • Wm Kabrich 2013/01/09 16:40:39
    Yes, they're silent killers
    Wm Kabrich
    +1
    Yes they are people and job killers,
  • glj 2013/01/09 15:10:18
    No, you just have to be careful
    glj
    +1
    Just what we need a government regulation to make car sounds come from a hybrid. Maybe it would be better to tell the pedestrians and bikers to take their earbuds and headphones off and listen.
  • Somkey ... glj 2013/01/10 07:23:53
    Somkey the Hores
    Listen for WHAT, when they're SILENT, you idiot.
  • TKramar Somkey ... 2013/01/10 09:36:09
    TKramar
    The wheels scraping the pavement.
  • Somkey ... TKramar 2013/01/10 22:21:37
    Somkey the Hores
    Wheels don't scrape unless you've lost control. Were you BORN stupid or did you go to some school?
  • TKramar Somkey ... 2013/01/10 22:49:07
    TKramar
    People on BICYCLES make noise on the pavement. And they're not going anywhere near as fast.
  • glj Somkey ... 2014/04/08 13:32:45
    glj
    Apparently you have never been around a hybrid. I drive one and can hear it when it is running or moving. Guess you were born stupid.
  • Somkey ... glj 2014/04/08 20:31:07
    Somkey the Hores
    Yeah, I have. They cruise my condo driveway constantly. Moron.
  • zero resistance 2013/01/09 11:55:48
    Yes, they're silent killers
    zero resistance
    +1
    Then they could make neat, futuristic sounds.
  • Somkey ... zero re... 2013/01/10 07:24:24
    Somkey the Hores
    +1
    Have them make the sounds that Green Weenies make.
  • zero re... Somkey ... 2013/01/10 08:32:14
    zero resistance
    +1
    Yeah, make it grunt and pant like a cyclist. I'd do a redneck version, I'd mount a speaker behind the grill and wire it to my stereo.
  • james 2013/01/09 11:32:10
    Yes, they're silent killers
    james
    If you are sleeping on a road, then yes.
  • Monday 2013/01/09 11:17:19
    No, you just have to be careful
    Monday
    +1
    Must have been a slow news day:)
  • shiroidenkou1994 2013/01/09 06:49:58
    No, you just have to be careful
    shiroidenkou1994
    They are usually fine, but can sometimes be a problem for the blind. I think the minimum sound requirement is a good idea. It could save the lives of blind people.

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