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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Engine Ringtones

Hybrids, like the Prius, are very quiet when using only the electric engine – such as when they are backing up. This can pose a hazard for pedestrians. So automakers have proposed adding sounds.




Nobody’s going to want just ordinary sounds. I can see this becoming like ringtones, with everyone downloading a specific song of their choice. I can see “Born to be Wild” being very popular, or “Pink Cadillac”, or that old Chuck Berry song that has the lyric “Cruisin’ and playin’ the radio … with no particular place to go.”  That one has a great guitar solo.


  1. Glenn Kraus11:37 AM

    I have a Prius-that is a great idea. Maybe the old Queen song which mentions bicycles somewhere. Or for us old folks, the old "Daisy,Daisy, give me your answer do, I'm half crazy..." Last used in the the movie 2001 when HAL is being dismantled.

  2. Boo. Just let the things be quiet. The loss of noise is a big advantage to the electric/hybrid car - let's not lose the silence it may bring.