Electric vehicles have upsides and downsides. On the upside, they crank out far fewer pollutants than their fossil-fuel-swilling cousins, and they may help ease dependence on foreign oil. On the downside, they're quiet. Too quiet. While some of you might find that a good thing, EV's lack of sound poses a real threat for pedestrians, especially those with impaired vision. Don't believe us? Just ask the National Federation of the Blind, which successfully lobbied Congress to pass the "Bell Bill" earlier this year, mandating that "silent vehicle technology" come with a distinct set of sounds to...
The Vroominator: At Least Your Slow Car Will Sound Fast...
Want a sports car or muscle car but don't want the expense of higher fuel bills and insurance costs? Want to enjoy the rumble of a big V8 but don't want to wake the neighbors every morning when you leave for work? Your wishes have just been answered, and for only $40. What you need is the...Antony Ingram
Audi Developing Sound Generators For Future Electric Vehicles
Although the relative silence of electric vehicles would make them the number one choice of TV gangsters for drive-by shootings, the rest of the world will almost certainly be less than enamored with the difficulty involved in hearing one coming--especially when trying to cross the street. Several...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Make Your MINI Diesel Sound Like A V-8
Several firms including Lotus are working on technologies to synthesize the sound of a rumbling engine so that silent running cars like hybrids and electric vehicles can be made safer for those with poor vision. While this could be as simple as playing a sound of an engine running, BMW is now...Viknesh Vijayenthiran