Where’s Michael Winslow when you need him?
A newly proposed U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule would require electric cars to make noises to let pedestrians and bicyclists know when they’re near. The sounds would need to be detectable when electric cars, which have soundless engines, are traveling slower than 18 miles-per-hour.
The new law would save 35 lives over each model year of hybrid vehicles and prevent 2,800 injuries, according to the NHTSA.
We’re not here to argue, but you can read the Bloomberg Businessweek article for yourself to form your own opinion about the prospective law. The real question, though, is what sounds to program into the stealthy vehicles. As a public service, here are a few suggestions:
1. Think Futuristic
While we’re all worried about emissions and fuel savings, George Jetson is tooling around in a jet-propelled grocery getter. Probably not 50-state-legal, so maybe you should just stick to the Jetsons-esque sound.
2. Taunt & Menace Pedestrians
3. Go Old School
Life can get pretty mundane, especially when your day is filled with boring errands. Why not turn your to-do list into a game?
4. Creep Out Passers-By
This potential electric car sound will delight small children and creep out just about everyone over the age of 12. Our #4 suggestion comes with its own restraining order; however, sundae cones are not included.
5. Add Horsepower
Finally—a potential automotive sound befitting your hybrid or electric car’s potent power output…