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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 29
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2014-04-06 10:42:53 AM  
6 votes:
Maybe pedestrians should just pay attention.
Take out their ear buds
Turn up their hearing aids
Not be deaf
Etc.
2014-04-06 01:47:05 PM  
3 votes:
How about "Move biatch, get out the way" by Ludacris on a continuous loop.
2014-04-06 03:03:46 PM  
2 votes:

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 02:38:24 PM  
2 votes:
www.phatnphunky.com

/another option
2014-04-06 01:48:03 PM  
2 votes:

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

Electric cars can be ridiculously quiet.

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.


No! No it's not!  A thousand times no!  Quiet electric cars, if they become commonplace, have the potential to be among the best innovations to improve the quality of urban life since mayors discovered that "jail the criminals" helped.

If you really want to go all regulatory, fit the cars with a bluetooth or wifi emitter and allow deaf people and others who want it to download a proximity warning app to their phones.

Don't have a million cars crawling down Broadway or up Madison going beepbeepbeep.  Just don't.
2014-04-06 01:41:48 PM  
2 votes:
God help us if this goes the same way as ring tones.
2014-04-06 12:58:49 PM  
2 votes:
I'm gonna stick a baseball card in the spokes.
2014-04-06 06:52:16 PM  
1 votes:

BigNumber12: ReverendJynxed: If you really want to make sure people can hear you

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Assuming that that's a single unit, why would it have multiple 'funnels' like that?


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_horn

So you can optimize each horn for a specific note, resulting in a harmonic chord.
2014-04-06 06:43:05 PM  
1 votes:

BigNumber12: Johnny Bananapeel: Was once nearly flattened by one of these:
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Silent. Powerful. Deadly.

Explain?


i.imgur.com

Pretty damn quiet on the outside as well.
2014-04-06 04:57:33 PM  
1 votes:

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

[oldglorymtb.com image 300x133]


Every time I drive to work in the fog and rain and see ASSHOLES without their lights on, I get pissed because I realize that these people are the reason for such laws.
2014-04-06 04:24:20 PM  
1 votes:

ciberido: Gary-L: Make mine the sounds of the TARDIS.

Everyone will tell you that you left the parking brake on.


s9.favim.com
2014-04-06 02:55:46 PM  
1 votes:
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 02:49:25 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:15:16 PM  
1 votes:
I want mine to just do the Peter Griffin laugh continuously:


heheheheheheHEHEHEHEHEhehehehehehe
2014-04-06 02:07:42 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:02:05 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:57:15 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-04-06 01:56:31 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-04-06 01:50:54 PM  
1 votes:
My solution to a lot of the mandated govt stupidity with vehicles these days.

oldglorymtb.com
2014-04-06 01:50:04 PM  
1 votes:
Modern internal combustion cars are so quiet that you can sneak up on someone who isn't paying attention to your direction. Engines and exhausts are getting very, very quiet. I'm all for forcing advanced in technology in the same of safety, but this is unnecessary. Electric motors do make a very specific, non background (meaning that it actually will catch your attention) noise. Besides, we already have an on demand alert noise; the horn.

FTFA:  Parliament also wants to start lowering conventional engine noise levels as soon as July 2016

So, make IC cars even quieter but make EV cars nosier. So they have some sort of decibel range that they are trying to stay within or are they just going for extra derp?

My first electric vehicle will probably be a motorcycle like the Brammo. If I end up with a car with a synthesized sound the first thing I'll look into doing is removing the speaker for it. I'm sure the modding community will find a way in short time.
2014-04-06 01:49:23 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-04-06 01:48:31 PM  
1 votes:
If you really want to make sure people can hear you

i.imgur.com
2014-04-06 01:47:33 PM  
1 votes:
How about the sound of a Landspeeder or TIE Fighter?
2014-04-06 01:36:54 PM  
1 votes:
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
2014-04-06 01:36:11 PM  
1 votes:
Use a old Stuka siren, and have half of France diving for cover.
2014-04-06 01:32:02 PM  
1 votes:

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!
2014-04-06 01:29:37 PM  
1 votes:
So we need to glue those stupid deer whistles on our cars now?
2014-04-06 01:29:22 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-04-06 12:49:11 PM  
1 votes:
And those blind people can just watch the hell out, too
 
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