Is your electric car too quiet?

The U.S. federal government is now requiring auto makers to include artificial motor sounds in electric and hybrid cars to let pedestrians know when those cars are around. I laughed at this at first--I mean, maybe people should look before crossing the street!--but then I remembered that visually impaired people don't have that option, so perhaps a louder car would be a good idea for safety. Still, it made me laugh!

Amazingly, the government seems to be letting drivers select the sound their car makes!

Manufacturers have already been developing sounds for their electric cars, including artificial humming and muffler sounds. I want my car to sound like a lightsaber. Or a tiger. I NEED OPTIONS.

[The Verge]

 

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