What sound do you want your MS to make

There is a proposed rule to require electric cars to make a sound to alert bicyclists, pedestrians, and visually impaired people that the normally silent car is coming. I assume that this is programmable on the MS, so I put it to you: what sound would you like your car to make. Mine is the crackling sound that the Delorean made when it reached 88 mph.


But if the law passes how about the sound that Kitt from Knight Rider made.

I don't care what sound it is as long as I cannot hear from inside the car. And as long as nobody can hear it at 5 AM when I go to work.

And please- not the stupid beep beep backup tones.

Sound pollution is a real issue.... 35 lives of 35000 lost in accidents every year is not a real number- they don't have a means to calculate 1/1000.
Reminds me of the law Kansas City had 100 years ago that all cars had to be preceded by a lantern waving warning guy 'so the horses wouldn't get spooked.'

My wife's Volvo has a pedestrian detection auto-stop system. That would be good to have. That's mature technology from autonomous vehicles used in factories (such as Tesla's factory).

James Bond Theme

James Brown "I feel Good"

I would want to be able to select my sound based on my mood. Maybe that sound that the flying cars made in the Jetsons as a default but be able to flip it to F-18 on full afterburner when needed :-)

Does Model S really have this capability built-in already, but presumably inactive? I haven't read anything that indicates this functionality exists in the car today.

I like "Dead skunk in the middle of the road"

But "Peeb Peeb" since you are going forward not back.

Or "mine mine mine" from the seagulls in "Finding Nemo"

This is just a proposed rule. See There is a 60-day comment period, and the final rule must be issued by January 4, 2014. It will then be phased in over a three year period. Assuming the final rule is issued January 4, 2014, it would apply to 30 percent of all subject vehicles produced on or after September 1, 2015, and 100 percent of all subject vehicles produced on or after September 1, 2018. There is no requirement that cars produced before these dates will need to be retrofitted with sound producing devices.

Also, while it is fun to imagine the types of sound we would like, the rule has requirements that are sure to result in a pretty boring sound.

Silence and let natural selection do it´s thing...

The problem is that the noise will be constant at speeds under 18 mph. I think that would cause more problems than it solves.

But if my car makes a noise I think it should be the beginning of the song Kashmir. ;-)

The beginning ten-seconds of this sample would be perfect...

If the current Model S doesn't have an external speaker, this is all moot. (Not mute.)

Elon commented on this; when asked when the car will emit a noise, he replied something to the effect of, "Not until the government makes us."

I guess this whole discussion is moot. See the notice of proposed rule making link at the bottom left of the press release page linked below.

"The standard also requires, as mandated by the PSEA, that all vehicles of the same make, model and model year emit the same sound."


"The proposed standard ensures that pedestrians will be able to determine whether a hybrid or electric vehicle is accelerating or decelerating by requiring the frequency content of the sound emitted by the vehicle to increase in a manner that is similar to the sound produced by ICE vehicles when accelerating and decelerating."

The same sound my middle finger makes when I raise it in response to being asked "what sound do you want your model S to make?".

As a teenager, I used to turn off my VW bug several houses away from my home on those nights I came home too late by coasting into the driveway to avoid waking my parents and having to face the onslaught of questions. Wish I had a model S back then.

another vote for NONE

If we're voting, I'd say "NONE" as well.

Other cars should be required to reduce their noise level. Then pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. can hear the tires on the pavement.

If they don't permit none, I'd go with the sound of squealing brakes and screeching tires.

Click here to hear the sound I want:


I think it's the perfect sound for an EV!!!

Well-muffled modern cars are also silent on low-speed approach except for tire noise. So if they impose "similiar sounds", it's a non-issue. There aren't any.

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