• Oct 16, 2009
Like to download new ringtones for your phone so that you don't sound like everybody else in the world that opts for the free cell phones from their chosen service provider? The same kind of thing is reportedly in the works for future electric cars.

We've been hearing for the last few years that the near silent nature of hybrids and EVs is a potential safety problem for pedestrians, especially for children and those hard of hearing, and these so-called "car tones" are seen as a possible answer to this problem.

At this point, there isn't any real data that suggests these quiet cars are any more or less dangerous to pedestrians than any other two-ton behemoth rolling down the road, but its still an issue being looked at closely by automakers.

According to the New York Times, companies like BMW, Fisker and Nissan are currently working with Hollywood special-effects teams and the film industry on new sounds that could be downloaded to current and future electric cars. We want our first EV to sound like Darth Vader's TIE Fighter and the horn to grunt like Chewie. Why not?

[Source: New York Times | Photo: Flickr/robad0b via C.C. 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Poor RX-8...
        • 5 Years Ago
        this makes baby jesus cry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just know some idiot is going to install an endless Kanye West loop as his car's sound.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about a Harley Davidson exhaust sound?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Loud ringtones save lives?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We want our first EV to sound like Darth Vader's TIE Fighter and the horn to grunt like Chewie. Why not?"

      Why not, indeed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL jokes, the hard of hearing might not hear a mack truck coming at them, let alone a hybrid.

      it's funny cuz i was having this convo with someone recently and i also said hard of hearing instead of blind as well ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      What does the picture have to do with the story? Last time I checked I do not drive an electric car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i've decided to download some porn movie sounds for my Tesla. One set of sounds (ecstasy?) for acceleration, another set for slowing down or stopping. Maybe a few well chosen screams to alert pedestrians and just heavy breathing for cruising.
      • 5 Years Ago
      they had something like this on pimp my ride!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dibs on the Jetson's flying saucer sound!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally!
        JETSON'S car sound!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahaha, yeah that was/still is cool
      • 5 Years Ago
      What did they do to the RX 8 in the picture!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would so be awesome! How about Homer's "mmmmmm .... Donuts...."? Or keeping with Star Wars, the sound of the light saber, so many possibilities!
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