Beep-beep ‘n’ beep-beep ‘n’ yeah

Usually, there’s no such thing as too quiet…unless we’re talking about hybrid cars, which may not be heard until they get uncomfortably close to a pedestrian. This has long been a concern for blind folks, but given our plugged-in generally-oblivious society, it’s also being acknowledged as a generic issue. To introduce artificial car noise and make it palatable to the owners, manufacturers and sound-effects experts are scrambling to create the automotive equivalent of ring tones, so you can decide what your hallmark sound will be as you steer down the street. We’ll put in our request now for a medley of “Instant Carma” and “Axle’s Theme.”

New York Times: Hybrid Cars May Include Fake Vroom for Safety

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