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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:32 pm

mwalsh wrote:The Volt is apparently going to make a "bruup, bruup, bruup..."
see also 4 posts up from the other article. crazy isn't it.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:23 pm

mwalsh wrote: Well, I'm not quite sure that it's completely a non-issue.
I am!
I've been behind someone walking up the center of a parking lot a few times where it's taken a little blip of the throttle to let them know you're behind them. Of course you could "bip" your horn at them too, but that can give them a bit of a fright if they happen to be completely oblivious.
The idea here is to make the blind safer... not the idiots who are oblivious to their surroundings. If we cater to them, what's next? Can't we have SOME personal responsibility expectations in this country?
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:26 pm

mwalsh wrote:The Volt is apparently going to make a "bruup, bruup, bruup..." sound:

http://green.autoblog.com/2010/06/04/an ... uup-bruup/

How annoying does that seem?
The Volt solution is THE solution to be considering here. It is the same that the EV1 had, and it is IDEAL. It is driver-operated. It does not happen all the time. You see somebody in your way (blind, obvlivious... whatever) and you pull the "flash to pass" stalk toward you. at parking lot speeds, the brights flash, and the warble tone sounds (at higher speeds, only the brights flash as you would expect). It is exactly what we need. It says "excuse me, I'm coming." It does not make an annoying sound constantly at low speed that simply adds to the deafening din of ambient noise.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:01 pm

I guess we're just a few days away from finding out what noise the Leaf is going to make...there is supposed to be a press conference about it early next week.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:30 pm

I still think it would be cool instead of generating an audible sound to transmit an RF signal sort of like bluetooth that could be received by a portable device. That would alert a pedestrian listening to an ipod, or a blind person could have something with flashing lights.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:54 pm

LTLFTcomposite wrote:....or a blind person could have something with flashing lights.
Not sure you actually meant that, did you?

You only have a virtually silent car at walking pace, and even then I've not been able to creep up behind anyone yet. However, there are times when I'm in a busy car park when I turn the heater fan on full blast so that there is some additional noise coming from my car - just to be on the safe side.

After all, I don't think there is a problem - but it isn't an issue you want to be "dead right" about, if you get my drift...

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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:18 pm

MikeBoxwell wrote:
LTLFTcomposite wrote:....or a blind person could have something with flashing lights.
Not sure you actually meant that, did you?

You only have a virtually silent car at walking pace, and even then I've not been able to creep up behind anyone yet. However, there are times when I'm in a busy car park when I turn the heater fan on full blast so that there is some additional noise coming from my car - just to be on the safe side.

After all, I don't think there is a problem - but it isn't an issue you want to be "dead right" about, if you get my drift...
ROFL!!! let's make that a deaf person...
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:51 pm

This is funny. Someone noticed that the Leaf's generated sound is the same as that of the futuristic cars in Woody Allen's movie "Sleeper."
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:42 am

MikeBoxwell wrote:
LTLFTcomposite wrote:....or a blind person could have something with flashing lights.
Not sure you actually meant that, did you?

You only have a virtually silent car at walking pace, and even then I've not been able to creep up behind anyone yet. However, there are times when I'm in a busy car park when I turn the heater fan on full blast so that there is some additional noise coming from my car - just to be on the safe side.

After all, I don't think there is a problem - but it isn't an issue you want to be "dead right" about, if you get my drift...
There's going to be a problem if they don't leave in the 'on/off' switch. Who in their right mind wants to hear that on a nice day while stuck for miles in 'stop/go' traffic?

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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:48 am

Notice that other (ICE) cars, especially luxury models, are often "silent" (below the ambient noise level) when moving slowly in a parking lot near an intersection with "noticable" traffic. Shouldn't these "silent" cars have "noisemakers" like EVs?
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