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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.

 

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/automobiles/14hybrid.html?_r=1&ref=science

 

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.