• Mar 11, 2011
The Rumbler: Coming to a Cop Car near you – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you're walking down the street, you might be distracted with a phone at your ear, or you might be listening to your iPod, or you might just be oblivious. When driving, the car you're in is insulated to reduce the amount of exterior noise that enters the cabin, and besides, you might have a stereo on. This can be a problem for the police, who use their sirens as an attention grabbing device. There is a solution, however, and it's called the Rumbler.

Fitting a pair of subwoofers under the rear bumper and connecting them to the horn, the police are able to grab your attention in a whole new way. The Rumbler produces a tone at the same volume as the sirens, but because its a much lower tone, you don't just hear it, you feel it. CNN Money's Peter Valdes-Dapena explores the Rumbler as fitted to NYPD patrol cars in the clip posted after the jump.

[Source: CNN Money]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      whats with the funky hip hop music in the video...
        • 3 Years Ago
        *cnnmoney hires idiots

        made myself look like an idiot...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Come on, it's fitting, only Houston Street bangers roll with the woof. I never kick up the bass on my Benatar.
        • 3 Years Ago
        tim...i just read your comment and i also agree with you that cnnmoney...its a news story about pedestrian safety and nypd sirens, how in the world is that related to money?!?!?! :
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really good idea, I like it. But I think police should resort to a few train horns instead. Similar to something you find on hornblasters.com. lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really? Rumbler?

        People have been doing this for years....you see and feel it the most at Aftermarket Auto shows, but every so often, you hear & feel somebody's super-loud sound-system.

        Now the police will ghetto-blasters too...
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol...."earpods"
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how those will hold up to road salt, water, etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      NYPD uses Nissan Altima's for law enforcement???
      .
      What's this world coming to?!
      • 3 Years Ago
      God good AB is late.... NYPD been using this for some time now....
      • 3 Years Ago
      um.. what about those with a pacemaker... that must have a kick.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't the police vehicles have blue lights in addition to the red ones?
      All red is for the fire department.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's an individual departments preference. There isn't a law mandating the color combination that police are allowed to use.

        Same with car color really. There is a police department in Pennsylvania that has all red cop cars. Ridley I believe. They like to boast that they are the only police department in the country with all red police cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In other new,

      NHTSA mandates that all Hybrid/Electric vehicles come installed with the "Rumbler" from the factory starting 2015.

      ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is old news. The "rumbler" has since been deployed since last year...
      • 3 Years Ago
      the sirens go whomp whomp

      yeah i got it on my car.

      where's bub rubb and lil sis when you need 'em?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I offer they should employ "The Brown Note". ; )
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