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NHTSA Wants Hybrids, EVs to Be Noisier

Design News -- In an effort to make streets safer for pedestrians, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a rule that could require engineers to add more sound to hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs).

The proposed rule, a follow-on to the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, would likely require that automakers add external speakers to hybrids and EVs. NHTSA estimates that such speaker systems would add about $30 to the manufacturing cost of the cars, but could prevent about 2,800 injuries over the life of each vehicle model year.



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Submitted Jan 18, 2013 By: doeslayersr
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Chris46
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 8:37:55 PM

We used to use baseball cards in the spokes for noise. I wonder how many Mickey Mantle cards I ruined!!
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Sometimes ya just can't win.
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kkimes
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:06:03 PM

I actually look forward to the day when the streets will be much quieter. I could live with a noise for under 10mph so people in parking lots know you are there.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:49:15 PM

Good comments!
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:17:51 PM

old news
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BAN_e10_GAS
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:16:54 PM

PUT DOWN the cell phone & pay attention to where you are going!! I've seen stupid people on their cell phone step out into traffic. The problem is that stupid people want to be protected from their own stupidity, and stupid government thinks that it's mission is to insure that the stupid people stay around to keep them elected. You can fight fire with fire, but you can't fight stupid with stupid. The gene pool DESPERATELY needs some chlorine! Maybe quiet EV's and hybrids are this chlorine?!

[Edited by: BAN_e10_GAS at 1/19/2013 12:18:20 AM EST]
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LocalSpyGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:16:02 PM

If you look where you are walking, there is no problem.
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Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:12:58 PM

Noisier... haha! It's always something isn't it...
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silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:12:29 PM

We have to much noise pollution now, this is a good thing!
. (idiots)
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obimerrill
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:12:16 PM

What ever happened to personal responsibility when walking and crossing the street. PAY ATTENTION!
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:11:49 PM

What a crock. I wanna go back to dual Thrush mufflers.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:10:01 PM

NHTSA... HONDA'S AIRBAGS DON'T WORK IN A CRASH FOR THE DRIVERS SIDE... THAT'S OK, AS LONG AS THE PASSENGER SIDE WORKS... 1 OUT OF 2 AIN'T BAD... THANKS TOYOTA... YOU REALLY HAVE THE DUMB AMERICANS FOOLED...
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:09:53 PM

How much noise, that is the question.
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scrounger
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:09:15 PM

perhaps pedestrians need to pay attention to what goes on around them instead of heads down hunched over their texting and earbuds stuffed in their heads
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:08:42 PM

Now noise pollution?
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:07:23 PM

Just put a politician in the trunk. They would be doing more than they are now in Washington.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:06:41 PM

Quiet is better.. people need to pay attention.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:06:29 PM

Really?
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:06:04 PM

Makes no sense.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:05:02 PM

Hummmm.......
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:04:23 PM

Make Sense.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:03:53 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:03:35 PM

They should be the first to lose their jobs when we get a new regime.
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Cheney
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:02:50 PM

ridiculous.... the pedestrians can put their cells in their pockets and take a look around.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:00:01 PM

A red nose that lights up on the front is next.
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tailpipeFL
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:58:59 PM

Big Brother keeps pushing and pushing.All cars are quiet when they are at idle or in a mall parking lot.
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gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:58:41 PM

Wouln't know............
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:58:34 PM

MY, my... Back to the drawing board...
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:57:24 PM

Why?
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:57:24 PM

Would the car still be quiet inside?
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:56:52 PM

Make sound like a dual engine monster tractor at the County Fair Tractor Pulls.

That ought to do it.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:56:01 PM

bad idea, one of the best selling points is that they are quiet.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:55:50 PM

Maybe the government could make all manufacturers add a recording of a real gas guzzler so that the government controlled more things. I'd say the public should be more observent and quit having Uncle Sam interfere.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:55:32 PM

Gasmack, look behind you! : )
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:52:55 PM

Do it. I don't want one sneaking up on me.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:52:33 PM

The Prius song/video :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M8aCqmHr3o

[Edited by: WE0H at 1/18/2013 11:53:02 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:52:01 PM

Uh Huh. Govt. agencies always want the stupid and the dumb. Now they'll put noisemakers on the cars like those things on yer olde bike.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:51:45 PM

no way
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WE0H
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:51:25 PM

There is actually a Prius song :)
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:48:53 PM

the drivers should be so happy they should be singing
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WE0H
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:47:19 PM

Actually on the 2012 Prius the speaker is in front of the drivers wheel well but buried far from the front grill that the article said it was behind. It sounds nothing like a motor. Think of George Jetson and you get the idea of the space ship type sound. The faster the car is moving the higher frequency the sound is. The only place it can be heard is in tunnels or pulling into the garage. It is total BS having it, but there is a plug and a place to plug that harness into other than the speaker. Must be for other countries that don't require it yet all the Prius harnesses are the same to save money rather than having special harnesses for different countries.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:47:15 PM

Too funny!
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:44:50 PM

I can understand this
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:42:34 PM

how stupid is this? Create more noise because some people don't look where they are going. I have had no problem hearing hybrids and EV's, the tires rolling on the pavement make noise.
If they want noise, how about putting rocks inside the hub caps (a cheap fix).
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:41:01 PM

Makes sense. Lets ban cell phone while walking. Pay attention to your surroundings.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:40:43 PM

WHAT?
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:40:05 PM

Safety first, I can afford $30!
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:39:33 PM

Old news. My Prius already has this noise maker. Makes it sound like a space ship when driven in EV mode under 15 mph.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:38:51 PM

The NHTSA doesn't have enough to do.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:38:35 PM

I saw this on the news. I have to wonder whether or not it will make a difference though. People get struck by loud cars, buses and trucks all the time after all.
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