Legislation will soon require all electric vehicles to have sound generators that warn pedestrians when they are approaching, because electric cars are generally so silent. Whereas a normal car obviously has an engine that makes a noise as they drive along, electric vehicles tend fo me more to the purring variety, the only sounds really being the sound of the wheels turning against the ground.
Now, this legislation could easily be the topic for a serious blog post, about how to make affordable sound generation technology for cars at specific times – but instead, we thought we would feature the noises we wish electric cars would have to make…
How annoying would this be? There you are, walking down the road, when all of a sudden you hear the buzzing of a swarm of bees flying straight at you. The reactions of the general public would be hilarious, and I can guarantee it will mean they get out of the way – even if they can’y work out what is making the noise!
You know that strange robotic reversing voice that some vans and lorries use? You know, the one that goes “WARNING! THIS VEHICLE IS REVERSING!”? Well, now imagine that one all electric cars, except it is saying “WARNING! THIS VEHICLE IS APPROACHING!”. And every car will have a different voice. At different pitches and different speeds. It will be AWESOME.
From a thoroughly jarring noise to one designed to warn you simply. The soothing sound of the ocean, waves lapping on the shore, whenever an electric car approaches a pedestrian. This one may have the unfortunate effect of making pedestrians need the loo, however.
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