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Should Hybrid and Electric Have to Sound Like Cars?

The distinct buzz or sound that cities comes primarily from vehicles. Tires on roads, engines, and that Doppler of boxy objects speeding by all to the noise. Change the sound of and you could effectively change the of cities.

For several years we have in fact been toward this very Hybrids and electric vehicles are silent at low speeds, and they’ve gaining market share at a enough rate to alarm advocates and particularly the blind who on the noise of approaching vehicles for Carmakers and government regulators been investigating options for sounds that might be to quieter cars to address

And that prospect has had some engineers envisioning a future sounds dramatically different even than our current

The opportunities associated with are great, acoustic engineer Antonio told me last when Cities looked at the of sound in cities. We ve been about it every since: we replace the sound of traffic birdsong, owl hoots, waves wind chimes? If we could cars sound like we want, in orchestra with other, where would you

Turns out that moment is now. Earlier this the National Highway Traffic Administration finally published its “quiet car rule,” mandated by the Safety Enhancement Act of 2010. out standards for what the quiet of the future must sound And the long-awaited answer: They sound like. cars.

To be try one of the sample sound files the released alongside this s notice of proposed rulemaking:

Or this?

Getting excited? Try this


NHTSA is projecting that the new due to be finalized by early 2014, prevent 2,800 pedestrian and injuries over the life of model year of hybrid (the government calculates as the equivalent of 35 lives saved). models won t have to literally from speakers recordings of internal combustion engines researchers did consider this But with what NHTSA to be some degree of flexibility, will have to match the signal content of traditional driving at under 18 miles an

Vehicles of the same make, and year will have to the same sound.

In the holistic that we all face as human in the world, it would be great to be to introduce more natural into the environment, Antonio this week, when we back in with him following the In an ideal world, he imagines whole new soundscapes. But practically, he and at the end of the day this is a very practical intended to save a lot of lives, it has to be this.

This moment, though, make us wonder: Won’t it be or mark a missed opportunity if two or decades from now we’re all around in naturally quiet and cars that synthetically like PT Cruisers circa In the graphic design world, a word for this kind of skeuomorphism. When you click on the of a floppy disk to save a on your laptop, that’s a a graphic element that into our collective memory of utility from the past.

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A similar concept exists sound, in cell phone that blare like landlines, or alarm-clock apps wake you in the morning with the beeping of an old analog clock (if knows a more sound-specific for skeuomorphism, or wants to help us one, please meet us in the section). But all of these sounds the floppy disk are sort of The sound of traffic, on the other is a solution to the quiet-car problem but a problem in and of itself.

For now, concerns must trump our for a more aurally enlightened But it would be a shame if the metropolis of the unnecessarily sounds as cacophonous as it today, in spite of these in technology, all because we couldn t ours ear to associate the approach of a vehicle with something than the internal combustion This potential future in we enshrine a skeuomorph of traffic hints at a sociological challenge as as an engineering one.

If people were used to the of birdsong 30 years ago, says, then people step out [into the street] they heard birdsong. would look around.

So how do we get Antonio believes it s still over time to gradually ourselves away from the din of cars to something we d chose in ideal world. We have no what kind of noise would produce in the interim (a of engines whirring over crashing?), but the prospect will at give us something to ponder we wait.

In the meantime, because you are also wondering about The proposed rule includes a against customized modifications of the sound system. So no, you cannot the blind by having your tricked out to sound like a

Top image: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Badger is a former staff at The Atlantic Cities. Her work has appeared in Pacific Standard . . The Christian Science Monitor . and The New Times . She lives in Washington, All posts

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