CGameProgrammer
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Death to pedestrians!

Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:20 pm

It turns out the annoying pedestrian warning speaker can be disabled by just pulling a fuse. The car won't complain about the fuse and now the car remains silent, feeling like a proper EV.

drdiesel1
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:50 am

I would say you're opening yourself up to the possibility of a liability lawsuit by disabling the noise generator :roll:
If you hit someone while it's disabled, you could be royally screwed if they prove you disabled it on purpose.

phil0909
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:00 am

Excellent thread title. :lol:

EldRick
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:05 am

"Yes, your Honor, the Defendent posted a thread titled 'Death to Pedestrians' before disabling the warning system on his vehicle, which led directly to the death of this poor blind father of three."

Does it occur to you that perhaps this isn't such a good idea?

If it bugs you that badly, and you have to have the windows open, wear earplugs.

CGameProgrammer
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:58 am

The sound only occurs when below 14 mph anyway and people are quite easy to spot. I don't need the sound just like I don't need lane keep assist, proximity alarm, automatic braking, or any of the other driving assists for people who can't be trusted to drive safely themselves.

I have owned two hybrids and neither had such a sound even though both were silent (electric-only) at low speed.

By the way, Teslas do not emit any warning sound at all. They may be required to by 2019 but so far they've said they refuse to add the sound until they have to.

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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:27 pm

These low-speed noisemakers are there mainly as an aid to blind pedestrians, who are accustomed to listening for vehicle sounds to determine if it is safe to cross a street. They will become mandatory equipment on EVs and hybrids in future for a good reason.

EldRick
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:02 pm

...I don't need the sound...

It's not about what You need, it's about someone else being able to tell your car is there, and not step in front of you.

If you do disable it, and injure or kill someone as a result, I hope they prosecute you.

CGameProgrammer
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:31 pm

If any driver injures or kills someone then I sure hope they get prosecuted too. You guys are acting like the sound is required by law; it is not. Teslas do not have the sound at all, nor does the e-Golf. Also it's hard to kill someone at 10 mph.

EldRick
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:35 pm

It will be required in two years. Meanwhile, lots of kids will dart out into the street chasing whatever and won't hear your car coming when they are looking the wrong direction...
Turning it off is irresponsible.

michael
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Re: Death to pedestrians!

Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:42 pm

If a silent vehicle is a problem, then there should be a required minimum noise level, and it should pertain to all cars, not merely to EVs.

I hate EV's being singled out for noisemaking...if it's REALLY a problem, then make the requirement apply to hybrids and quiet ICE cars. If not, then not.
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