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NEWS FROM THE FUTURE – Car Makers Create Engine Sounds for Electric Cars:

Audi is adding sound to its silent, electric car models with a synthetic solution called Audi e-sound.

Sounds like a TRON cycle. I wonder if they’ll eventually make download-able and purchase-able “engine tones”…

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Pete H says:

    I want the sound the Jetson’s car made!

  2. zof says:

    I want a car with someone saying vroom vroom the whole time.

  3. Jeff Jukes says:

    Great idea, can mine sound like a steam train? There is a down side,as its an electric car, isn’t this just wasting battery power?

  4. CameronSS says:

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/s841

    Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, signed into law in January 2011. It doesn’t give any specific rules yet, but instead says that the DOT should come up with rules, on the premise that electric cars are an inherent danger to pedestrians because they are quiet. Somehow a near-silent Lexus is safe, though.

  5. Nick Badge says:

    This is the most pointless thing ever. I want to buy an electric car, but I don’t want one if it is going to make a stupid, made up noise. Back in the ’90s, they were advertising that their cars were so quiet, people playing chess found doors creaking more of a din than a car driving past. What has changed?

    People say it is for safety. What utter rubbish. You tend to hear the road noise a car produces well before you hear the engine, anyway. Unless of course the driver is driving around like a lunatic.

    Proof that silent cars aren’t a problem: there aren’t reports of deaf people getting mown down by their hundreds. If you don’t look before crossing the road, natural selection will follow its course.

    1. Ed says:

      You don’t want an electric car with a stupid, made up noise? What does your cell phone sound like?

  6. Little(?) known fact: the clicking sound from the turn signals on most modern cars is either a recording played on a small speaker, or just a dummy relay. The actual blinking is done with solid-state components

  7. Congratulations Audi…
    You have just invented the most pointless device ever.

    No one wants electric cars that are noisy.

    The fact that they are so quiet is why people like them.

    Noise makes no difference what so ever. Pedestrians get knocked down by noisy
    cars every day…
    Looking left and right while crossing the street is the only thing that works

    It’s a invention more useless than the space pen.

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