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#1 I wonder if this will be like the fleet mileage standards - some vehicles can be nearly silent just as long as enough others are really, really loud.
Posted by SteveS 2013-01-08 00:30||
#2 To warn pedestrians which means Prius going below 15 mph or so. Seems reasonable and I'm surprised the Japanese didn't add that themselves.
Posted by rjschwarz 2013-01-08 00:48||
#3 Not a bad idea. I have seen several new hybrid, 4 cylinder and electric cars that have been so quiet, if I wasn't watching I wouldn't have known they were there. After which I have always wondered why they didn't have those things make more noise.
On a related topic, good police and military vehicle to sneak up on a target building.
Posted by DarthVader 2013-01-08 01:10||
#4 Don't fergit the Black Boxes = Cameras + Voice Recorders, etc. soon-to-be-mandatory devices.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-01-08 01:33||
#5 Now while I reeeeally don't like the idea of data-recording devices being required by the Feds, the idea of a noisemaker on a Toyota Prius or Nissan Leaf electric drive makes sense. There are a LOT of these things on the streets of Seattle where I walk to & from work daily, and I've learned to make a special effort to look for them, especially when walking from the office during the fall & winter.
Posted by Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) 2013-01-08 02:00||