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CES
Bose QuietComfort noise canceling tunes out road noises

From their headphones to your car

From their headphones to your car.

Official
Ford builds a noise-canceling doghouse to fight off fireworks sounds

It uses Ford's noise cancellation technology

It uses Ford's noise cancellation technology.

Official
NHTSA thinks quiet hybrids and electric cars are a bad thing

The administration announced a sound requirement for silent vehicles.

You'll finally be able to hear hybrids and electric cars coming.

Report
Volkswagen may have fudged emissions reports in South Korea

VW allegedly manipulated reports for 26 models.

Volkswagen may face charges for manipulating emissions and noise reports given to South Korean officials.

Motorsports
Formula One to get louder next season with revised exhaust

The FIA has mandated a new wastegate in the exhaust systems of Formula One cars to make them sound better. It also released a revised calendar for the 2016 World Championship.

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US will release final 'quiet car' rules in November

In a move to maker pedestrians safer, NHTSA finally intends to release its rules governing the sound from EVs and hybrids in November. They don't go into effect until 2018, though.

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Nissan Leaf EVs slip through French village to make a quiet point

Bjork's 1995 freak-out hit It's Oh So Quiet may have reflected the singer's oddball Icelandic sensibilities, but Nissan is making the concept of relative silence a French thing. The Japanese automaker recently promoted its all-electric Leaf by staging a mini-rally through what it called "one of the quietest villages in Europe." And with the exception of a couple damaged trash bins and a de

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EU to require louder EVs, quieter IC cars

The discussion over whether electric vehicles should come with warning sounds has been going on for what feels like forever - seriously, it's been so long we've forgotten amazing little tidbits like

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Mumbai to combat excess honking with horns that notify police? [w/video]

Mumbai, India is crowded and noisy. It should be, after all. It's the wealthiest and most populous city in India and the fifth largest city by population on the planet. This cocktail of demographics results in one big problem - traffic. While simply getting around can be tough enough, Indian drivers have developed the unfortunate habit of honking their horns. Often. At all hours of the day. And then at night. All the time.

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Nissan, Mitsubishi tell NHTSA requiring electric vehicles to make noise will turn buyers away

Some automakers are saying that adding a fake engine noise – or some other warning sound – to plug-in vehicles would subtract that "cha-ching" sound from auto dealers cash registers. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and some automakers outside the group say a mandate for artificial noise makers on electric cars could cause fewer people to buy them, Automotive News says.

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European automakers irked over proposed noise standards

Ward's Auto reports the European Commission is pushing new measures that could burden automakers with stiff noise regulations for cars, buses and trucks. Under the proposed legislation, automakers would need to curb vehicle noise levels by two decibels two years after the legislation's wording is agreed upon by EC member countries. Another two decibel reduction would occur three years after the first installment. Trucks, meanwhile, would

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Calgary ready to adopt sound-activated noise camera to automatically ticket loud vehicles

Police in Calgary have partnered up with a company to install the Noise Snare, a sound-activated traffic camera designed to automatically ticket loud vehicles. According to The Calgary Herald, the device would typically cost municipalities around $112,500 Canadian, though the company behind the technology has been kind enough to supply one unit free of charge as part of a pilot program that could see the system spread across North America.

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DirtFish Rally School draws the ire of neighbors

Unless you suffer from the kind of neurological defect that causes you to turn into a grinning fool every time you hear an engine bounce off of its limiter, you might not be entirely happy to have a rally school set up shop next door. DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Washington has made a name for itself as one of the best venues in the country to learn your way around a steering wheel, but according to The Sno Valley Star, not everyone's thril

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delay due to modifications of virtual engine sound

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Do electric and hybrid vehicles really need to make sounds? [w/video]

Volt sound demonstration – Click above to watch video Sam Abuelsamid

Electric cars can't stay silent forever, noise is coming soon

We can already picture all the NVH engineers huddled in some back corner crying together. After all, they just find out that the duties they held of eliminating noises from cars for decades are about to be crushed by a new safety guideline that will put noise back into electric and hybrid vehicles.

Bring the Noise: Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps reportedly safe... for now

Following earlier news that the Donington track, which was supposed to take over the British Grand Prix in lieu of Silverstone, had to declare bankruptcy comes a reversal of fortune for the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The longtime host of the Belgian Grand Prix looked to be in serious t

What kind of sound does a LEAF make as it descends?

2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

Nissan wants LEAF EV to sound like Blade Runner car for safety

2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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