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One Design Change I Don't Want to See: Making Electric Cars Noisier

Adele Peters

The DOT wants to make hybrid and electric cars noisier, so pedestrians are more likely to hear them when crossing the street. I'm all for safe pedestrians, but one of the things I love about electric cars is their silence. I've been dreaming of a day when we won't hear traffic at all. There must be a better design solution than noise.

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  • Carlo Blackmore

    Yes there is a better design solution than "noise". It's called "sound". Noise and Sound are not entirely the same thing. Having a car emit an audible sound to cue proximity to pedestrians shouldn't be simplistically equated to noise – like a thunderous motorcycle or screeching bus brakes.