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(Engadget)   EU to require electric vehicles to emit noise to alert pedestrians of their presence. Subby wants his car to make that Jetsons's bloop-bloop-bloop- bloop sound   (engadget.com) divider line 167
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2014-04-06 01:57:58 PM  
needs more cowbell.
But lacking that, how's this?

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-06 01:58:27 PM  

jtown: Guess it's time to revive some of those old red flag laws.  And, if you startle a pedestrian with your electric vehicle, you must immediately disassemble your vehicle and hide it behind a shrubbery until the pedestrian is pacified.


Excellent
 
2014-04-06 01:58:35 PM  
Give the cars the sound of a Ferrari V12.
 
2014-04-06 01:58:42 PM  
i.imgur.com

/or switch to a tuba when I'm following a fat family through the parking lot to poach their spot
 
2014-04-06 01:58:49 PM  

logieal: My solution to a lot of the mandated govt stupidity with vehicles these days.

[oldglorymtb.com image 300x133]


Good thinking. Disable the airbags and seat belts. A steely-eyed libertarian can't have some government bureaucrat hindering his heroic action plan when he gets blindsided by a speeding drunk driver.
 
2014-04-06 02:00:44 PM  

Ooba Tooba: I was recently reading about laws at the dawn of the automobile age. So as not to spook the horse coming the other way, automobile drivers were required to pull over off the road, and cover their auto with sticks and leaves. If none were available, then you were expected to disassemble your vehicle, and scatter the parts. At 4 ways, a driver was expected to stop, look about, exit the vehicle, shout, and finally, fire a pistol in the air. Maybe we could just fire pistols to alert folks.


I should have lived 100 years ago. That sounds like paradise! =(
 
2014-04-06 02:01:14 PM  

Smoking GNU: Marcus Aurelius: edmo: Take out their ear buds

^ This.  If you're going to walk around deaf and oblivious, at least have the courtesy to wear a sign that says "I am deaf and oblivious".

Or possibly just, you know, LOOK THE FARK AROUND YOU! Situational Awareness is not some friggin prestige class ability!


img2.wikia.nocookie.net

Aaaaactually the prestige classes tend to not have it at all.
/hell yes Imma gonna pony this thread
//screencap of Rainbow bodychecking Twilight out of the way of the helicopter isn't up yet
 
2014-04-06 02:01:49 PM  

edmo: Maybe pedestrians should just pay attention.


Tell me, when has asking people to be superhuman ever been a viable solution to anything?
 
2014-04-06 02:02:05 PM  
Subby wants his car to make that Jetsons's bloop-bloop-bloop- bloop sound

Here you go Subby:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnT1VgeXOF0
 
2014-04-06 02:03:11 PM  

dforkus: Not deaf, and not a public earphone wearer, but just the other day a Nissan leaf seeming appeared out of nowhere in a walmart parking lot and gave me a good scare.

I think this is a good thing.


Amen- cyclist here. Those rear engine city buses are also a bit stealthy. Leafs are the worst. Teslas are everywhere here, and at least produce a bit of road noise. Conversely, studded tires are legal here. I hear a noisy behemoth approaching from behind, only to find a Micra.
 
2014-04-06 02:05:26 PM  

TV's Vinnie: TIE Fighter?


SO MUCH THIS.

Also, the electric forklifts on my job site are all required, by OHS, to have some kind of a beeper when they're moving because they're otherwise dead silent. How is a car in a parking lot any less dangerous?
 
2014-04-06 02:07:42 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: K3rmy: Can I have mine do the Jaws theme?

I'll take the Imperial March


Paint the car bright yellow and have it go "wakka wakka wakka" like a giant pac-man. Put a pressure switch in the front bumper that plays the 'gulp' sound if you hit anyone.
 
2014-04-06 02:09:17 PM  
Makes sense, really. Seems like a rational solution to a real potential for harm.

I know, I know; a government-type body did it so it's automatically tyranny, overreach, out-of-control, etc. How dare the wellbeing of citizens be considered in the slightest? Won't somebody think about freedom (for business and corporations only)?!
 
2014-04-06 02:09:37 PM  

edmo: Maybe pedestrians should just pay attention.
Take out their ear buds
Turn up their hearing aids
Not be deaf
Etc.


I almost bit, until I saw the punchline.
 
2014-04-06 02:10:31 PM  
wildcardjack:Instead they'll probably go with straight tooth gears instead of helical somewhere.

Straight cut gears. HNNG. Straight gears and a Subie boxer rumble. Audio sex.
 
2014-04-06 02:11:26 PM  
So can I get ice cream truck music for my windowless van one? I ask for a friend.
 
2014-04-06 02:13:13 PM  

nullptr: Ooba Tooba: I was recently reading about laws at the dawn of the automobile age. So as not to spook the horse coming the other way, automobile drivers were required to pull over off the road, and cover their auto with sticks and leaves. If none were available, then you were expected to disassemble your vehicle, and scatter the parts. At 4 ways, a driver was expected to stop, look about, exit the vehicle, shout, and finally, fire a pistol in the air. Maybe we could just fire pistols to alert folks.

I should have lived 100 years ago. That sounds like paradise! =(


That was a PA Bill that never made it into law, thanks to a veto.
 
2014-04-06 02:13:39 PM  

Lokasenna: TV's Vinnie: TIE Fighter?

SO MUCH THIS.

Also, the electric forklifts on my job site are all required, by OHS, to have some kind of a beeper when they're moving because they're otherwise dead silent. How is a car in a parking lot any less dangerous?


Yes and on some job sites you are required to wear hearing protectors, which in some cases can cancel out the benefit of the backup alarms on forklifts. If you want to get workers attention where there are forklifts, play the sound of the roach coach arriving.
 
2014-04-06 02:14:16 PM  
Does this mean my CMax will add several inches to my penis, like a loud motorcycle would?
 
2014-04-06 02:15:16 PM  
I want mine to just do the Peter Griffin laugh continuously:


heheheheheheHEHEHEHEHEhehehehehehe
 
2014-04-06 02:16:51 PM  

DigitalCoffee: MaudlinMutantMollusk: K3rmy: Can I have mine do the Jaws theme?

I'll take the Imperial March

Paint the car bright yellow and have it go "wakka wakka wakka" like a giant pac-man. Put a pressure switch in the front bumper that plays the 'gulp' sound if you hit anyone.


And the power up sound when you plug it in?
 
2014-04-06 02:17:24 PM  
Wow, old news is sure exciting.

Still, can't wait to see the butthurt in the US when this is also required.
 
2014-04-06 02:17:37 PM  

TV's Vinnie: I want MY Electric Car to make that Flinstones foot-slapping sound.


For your horn:
YABBA-DABBA-DOOO!!!
 
2014-04-06 02:18:26 PM  
On the other hand EV car makers should jump on this.  So far almost everyone in the thread has a specific sound they'd like to hear coming out of their car.. imagine if you could set the sound of your car like you would a ringtone?   I'd pick BTTF DeLorean in a heartbeat.
 
2014-04-06 02:18:50 PM  
sdd2000:
Yes and on some job sites you are required to wear hearing protectors, which in some cases can cancel out the benefit of the backup alarms on forklifts.

Balls.  If your hearing protection renders you unable to hear the backup beeper, then the background noise is louder than the beeper, and you need a louder beeper.

Or, better yet, somebody has to re-engineer the space so as to isolate the noise-producing machinery from the warehouse stock area.
/know what you're talking about, though-just visited a soda bottling plant, and it was just like that
 
2014-04-06 02:19:42 PM  
They should make it so everyone can upload .wav files to choose their own sound.

I have a bunch of cool ones that came with a program that let me animate the icons on my desktop.
 
2014-04-06 02:20:31 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Subby claimed the Jetsons sound, so I'll go the other way and get one that sounds like a horse-drawn wagon. Or on second thought,
[26.media.tumblr.com image 500x311]


Fun fact, if you visit Doune Castle, where much was filmed, you can get coconut shells in the gift shop.
 
2014-04-06 02:21:05 PM  
Hybrid kia's have an engine sound when it's running on battery power
 
2014-04-06 02:26:48 PM  

LavenderWolf: Yeah, when the car makes so little noise that the loudest sound is that of the turning wheels contacting pavement maybe it's time to talk about additional noise generation for safety reasons.


I'll make mine the sound of a horse pulling a carriage, and the pace of the hoofbeats increases (walk -> trot -> cantor -> gallop) as vehicle speed increases.

Should be VERY popular with my neighbors at 5AM on Sunday mornings!
 
2014-04-06 02:30:27 PM  
I put some thought into a bloop-bloop tailpipe attachment awhile ago.
In this case though, you want a forward sound. I would have a loop of a stern "on your left." I don't want to hear it obviously. I'm sure the technology exists where it can be heard only 20 feet and beyond from the source.
 
2014-04-06 02:31:19 PM  
How about a 200dB sonic boom when the car hits 35mph?
 
2014-04-06 02:31:47 PM  
Once again, a benefit to the vast majority of humanity (silent cars) is ruined by a tiny proportion of the population (the blind) and people who SHOULD be dead (pedestrians who can't look before crossing a street). As a kid I thought the "punish everyone for the bad few" thing was just a trope showing how unfair authority can be in children's movies. I didn't realize that's how the world actually operates.
 
2014-04-06 02:35:09 PM  

enry: My Prius has a backup warning signal. Inside the car.


Hah ya my friend has one of those cars... I hopped in and I was like "Wow that's loud" and asked him if people outside the car can hear it.. and he said "No"... I'm like... well, what's the point in that then?

Those cars are quiet as all heck... I love that, great for sneaking up on people and scaring the shiat out of them ;)
 
2014-04-06 02:35:10 PM  

Lokasenna: Also, the electric forklifts on my job site are all required, by OHS, to have some kind of a beeper when they're moving because they're otherwise dead silent. How is a car in a parking lot any less dangerous?


But then OSHA mandated hearing protection for everyone, so you needed louder beepers, and then more hearing protection because of the louder beeping!  Catch-22!

IMHO, just keep your head on a swivel when you know those things are about.
 
2014-04-06 02:35:17 PM  

That Guy Jeff: Once again, a benefit to the vast majority of humanity (silent cars) is ruined by a tiny proportion of the population (the blind) and people who SHOULD be dead (pedestrians who can't look before crossing a street). As a kid I thought the "punish everyone for the bad few" thing was just a trope showing how unfair authority can be in children's movies. I didn't realize that's how the world actually operates.


Hahahaha.  Yes, how DARE we try to accommodate the blind or otherwise impaired.  Who the fark do they think they are, real people?!  Those freaks just need to stay inside where it's safe for them, it's not like there's anything for them to see or do in the normal world.  Stop ruining things for the rest of us, amiright?
 
2014-04-06 02:38:24 PM  
www.phatnphunky.com

/another option
 
2014-04-06 02:40:52 PM  
Benny Hill theme
 
2014-04-06 02:49:25 PM  

ckccfa: That Guy Jeff: Once again, a benefit to the vast majority of humanity (silent cars) is ruined by a tiny proportion of the population (the blind) and people who SHOULD be dead (pedestrians who can't look before crossing a street). As a kid I thought the "punish everyone for the bad few" thing was just a trope showing how unfair authority can be in children's movies. I didn't realize that's how the world actually operates.

Hahahaha.  Yes, how DARE we try to accommodate the blind or otherwise impaired.  Who the fark do they think they are, real people?!  Those freaks just need to stay inside where it's safe for them, it's not like there's anything for them to see or do in the normal world.  Stop ruining things for the rest of us, amiright?


99% of people shouldn't have to pay for the random misfortune of 1% of the people. So sorry you got shiat on, but it's not everyone else's problem. Even if you're going for "maximum morality", there is a quantifiable greater amount of good from something that benefits 99% at the expense of 1% than from something that benefits 1% at the expense of 99%. Or as Spock would say, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Less road noise benefits EVERYONE except that tiny sliver of people who had the misfortune of ending up blind.

In short, yes, fark the blind. Bringing down the majority of people to give yourself a slight boost is the definition of being a selfish little turd.
 
2014-04-06 02:51:42 PM  

LtDarkstar: enry: My Prius has a backup warning signal. Inside the car.

Hah ya my friend has one of those cars... I hopped in and I was like "Wow that's loud" and asked him if people outside the car can hear it.. and he said "No"... I'm like... well, what's the point in that then?

Those cars are quiet as all heck... I love that, great for sneaking up on people and scaring the shiat out of them ;)


Indeed  http://youtu.be/R8mjIcTqLTk
 
2014-04-06 02:52:31 PM  

TomD9938: They could put a gas motor in it to replicate the sound of a gas motor.

Hook it up to the transmission while you're at it and pull out the batteries for more cargo space.


Oh look!  One of the petroleum Amishia

tell us more about how your religion forbids modern technology.  May we watch you call someone on your Razor (TM) flip phone?
 
2014-04-06 02:52:52 PM  
 
2014-04-06 02:53:30 PM  
 
2014-04-06 02:55:46 PM  
As an owner of a Ford C-Max plug-in hybrid, this is absolutely necessary.  We thought of it before the lawmakers did - this car is absolutely silent.  I've been driving it for almost a year now, and I still think the engine is dead and the car is just rolling from gravity when I drive it.

The biggest danger of the silence that we found was in parking lots.  Yes, people can look and see that the car is moving backwards, or that the white reverse lights are on, but the sound of the engine is pretty important too, considering how crazy some parking lots can get.  If a person isn't looking directly at the car they are passing, they won't see those lights or the movement, and the only thing they have to rely on is hearing the engine in reverse.  On several occasions, people have blindly walked in the path of our car, while it is moving, simply because they can't hear it and they weren't looking at it.

So we installed a back up beeper on the C-Max, and now it sounds like a garbage truck when it backs up.
 
2014-04-06 02:57:10 PM  

Cyber_Junk: TomD9938: They could put a gas motor in it to replicate the sound of a gas motor.

Hook it up to the transmission while you're at it and pull out the batteries for more cargo space.

Oh look!  One of the petroleum Amishia

tell us more about how your religion forbids modern technology.  May we watch you call someone on your Razor (TM) flip phone?


Nah.  I like the coal powered cars too.
 
2014-04-06 02:59:20 PM  

That Guy Jeff: In short, yes, fark the blind. Bringing down the majority of people to give yourself a slight boost is the definition of being a selfish little turd.


A real man stands up for his beliefs  You should go punch a blind person and a couple of elderly. You can't let them get away with this.
 
2014-04-06 03:00:11 PM  

That Guy Jeff: Once again, a benefit to the vast majority of humanity (silent cars) is ruined by a tiny proportion of the population (the blind) and people who SHOULD be dead (pedestrians who can't look before crossing a street). As a kid I thought the "punish everyone for the bad few" thing was just a trope showing how unfair authority can be in children's movies. I didn't realize that's how the world actually operates.


With my experience with a silent electric car, the danger is not in the streets where people just have to look two directions, but in the parking lots, where they have to look in every direction.  Also, a pedestrian usually knows that streets belong to the cars, and they take crossing them very seriously.  But people tend to treat parking lots as more of a giant walkway with cars in it.

Also, as a driver who pays insurance, I would really encourage anything that makes people less likely to walk in front of my car and get hit, as long as it doesn't make life worse for me.  I hardly thing a backup beeper makes life worse for anyone.
 
2014-04-06 03:02:20 PM  

crumblecat: God help us if this goes the same way as ring tones.


Why yes, yes it will.
 
2014-04-06 03:03:46 PM  

moeburn: That Guy Jeff: Once again, a benefit to the vast majority of humanity (silent cars) is ruined by a tiny proportion of the population (the blind) and people who SHOULD be dead (pedestrians who can't look before crossing a street). As a kid I thought the "punish everyone for the bad few" thing was just a trope showing how unfair authority can be in children's movies. I didn't realize that's how the world actually operates.

With my experience with a silent electric car, the danger is not in the streets where people just have to look two directions, but in the parking lots, where they have to look in every direction.  Also, a pedestrian usually knows that streets belong to the cars, and they take crossing them very seriously.  But people tend to treat parking lots as more of a giant walkway with cars in it.

Also, as a driver who pays insurance, I would really encourage anything that makes people less likely to walk in front of my car and get hit, as long as it doesn't make life worse for me.  I hardly thing a backup beeper makes life worse for anyone.


In a parking lot 100% of the responsibility not to hit someone is on the driver. Drive slower.
 
2014-04-06 03:15:02 PM  
Wagner. It'll scare the hell outta 'em.
 
2014-04-06 03:15:11 PM  

TomD9938: Cyber_Junk: TomD9938: They could put a gas motor in it to replicate the sound of a gas motor.

Hook it up to the transmission while you're at it and pull out the batteries for more cargo space.

Oh look!  One of the petroleum Amishia

tell us more about how your religion forbids modern technology.  May we watch you call someone on your Razor (TM) flip phone?

Nah.  I like the coal powered cars too.


i.imgur.com

/tee hee hee
 
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