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seanz
07-03-2009, 08:32 PM
Apparently, hybrid cars in Japan are considered a safety risk because they are almost silent at low speed. The manufacturers are considering adding noise of some sort to warn people of the cars approach.

A number of possibilities sprang to mind.........

Phillip Allen
07-03-2009, 08:33 PM
George Jetson?

seanz
07-03-2009, 08:41 PM
:)
You're quick today.......quicker than me, I forgot to add the link.

http://www.theage.com.au/world/japan-may-add-noise-to-quiet-hybrid-cars-for-safety-20090703-d7oc.html

essaunders
07-03-2009, 08:59 PM
hybrid cars make plenty of noise already.
I've seen auditable data that prooves hybrid cars in the us are no more dangerous than any other car. I don't know if that data set exists for japan, but I suspect the " normal " petrol only modern cars are just as dangerous to the visually impared

botebum
07-03-2009, 09:11 PM
Remember Sam Kinison's bit about being afraid to die because he knew he was going to be a victim of necrophelia? That's the sound they should make- "No NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!":D

Doug

George Jung
07-03-2009, 09:32 PM
Sound track of a car racing through its gear, as 'reproduced' by a small kid

with Doppler effects, of course.

rbgarr
07-03-2009, 09:40 PM
Jetskis!

Ron Williamson
07-04-2009, 05:39 AM
They should sound like an air-cooled Porsche,an 'organ donor' bike or a 6-71 Detroit.
R

dhic001
07-04-2009, 05:46 AM
The same has been said of condensing steam cars. My late uncle commented years ago, as a steam car rolled down a hill past him "that car has its engine turned off". He was most bemused to see it roll up the other side of the dip equally as quietly.
Maybe the Japanese should make a man walk in front of the cars carrying a red flag, to warn people it was coming? Back to pre 1904 days anyone?
Daniel

dhic001
07-04-2009, 05:48 AM
or a 6-71 Detroit.

If you are going to make it sound like a diesel, at least make it a Gardner, preferably a slow revving 8L3.
Daniel

brad9798
07-04-2009, 06:41 AM
They should sound like a sail boat ...

Milo Christensen
07-04-2009, 06:50 AM
Peanut, one of Jeff Dunham's "dummies", says hybrids should whoosh by saying "I'mmmmmmmmmm gay."

Rigadog
07-04-2009, 06:55 AM
The sound of a lion roaring, or maybe an elephant trumpeting. Or maybe the Mullas calling the faithful to prayer. But since it is in Japan that this problem exists, maybe "Tora! Tora! Tora!"

brad9798
07-05-2009, 07:38 AM
A loop of: "It will take me five to eight years to break even" ... or "Don't ask what happens to the battery" would work!

;)

skuthorp
07-05-2009, 08:53 AM
Galloping horses, the apppropriate number for the car. The street would sound like a stampede.

Bob Roncace
07-05-2009, 09:07 AM
Those cute, happy tunes like are played by the ice cream vendor's trucks that circulate through neighborhoods on hot summer days. All the kids will hear the car coming and run out into the street and... oh, wait... never mind. :o;)

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
07-05-2009, 09:30 AM
The turn-signal beeper from a 1982 BMW motorcycle.

This sounds exactly the same as the "Safe To Cross" beep at a pedestrian crossing - brilliant.

BarnacleGrim
07-05-2009, 09:42 AM
A squeaky old ox cart!

John Smith
07-05-2009, 09:48 AM
Jellyfish.

Brian Palmer
07-05-2009, 07:38 PM
I think it should be the sound of a playing card in the spokes of a 1950s era Schwinn ridden by a 10 year old with freckles and a baseball cap.

Brian

Chip-skiff
07-05-2009, 08:50 PM
It's not the cars. It's the people with I-Pods and cellphone headsets, busily blanking out their hearing.

LeeG
07-06-2009, 02:52 AM
I think it should be the sound of a playing card in the spokes of a 1950s era Schwinn ridden by a 10 year old with freckles and a baseball cap.

Brian

yes,,and the sound should correspond to the speed. Starting off from a parking place it's fut..fut..fut..fut then up to a good buzz by 15mph before fading away.

I'm looking around for a bigger brass bell on my bike. Something smaller than a 5" diameter meditation bell but bigger than the nice 1.75" Japanese brass bell.

ChaseKenyon
07-06-2009, 04:22 AM
They should sound like an air-cooled Porsche,an 'organ donor' bike or a 6-71 Detroit.


Make that a nice fresh tight 8V71 Natural Aspirated with can mufflers and 24 inch long pipes and I'm with you. Oh almost forgot I have one. Want to go for a ride in my Prevost LeMirage?

lol

It is really really really loud.

CHase

Nicholas Scheuer
07-06-2009, 05:34 AM
People should be able to pick the noise they like from an index, like with cell phone ring tones. All choices should be fairly mild in intensity.

Butt Heads might choose a fart noise.

Moby Nick

Bob Roncace
07-06-2009, 06:23 AM
I retract my earlier suggestion...

Instead, the "noise" should be a really obnoxious human voice (gender selectable by the owner) loudly stating the plain truth: "ALERT, a car is approaching. The Nanny State has determined that you are incapable of observing this yourself. ALERT, a car is approaching..." :rolleyes:

martin schulz
07-06-2009, 06:27 AM
It's the people with I-Pods and cellphone headsets, busily blanking out their hearing.

Modern autism!