[blindza] Re: Law could force cars to be louder

Well, in my neighbourhood, it in fact seems like that specific van/vehicle, on 
some sundays just rides round and round and round my block, since it seems like 
it will start roundabout mid morning on a sunday, and then still be going 
roundabout 3 in the afternoon - continuously.........LOL!

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
'...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'


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Subject: [blindza] Re: Law could force cars to be louder
   From: "Dewald van Deventer" <dewaldvandeventer@xxxxxxxxx>
   Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:48:07 +0200
     To: <blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

>I could just imagine a few thousand or so cars speeding past, all playing 
>that irritating song of the icecream truck.
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>Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the 
>eyes of woman.
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>Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to 
>be silent.
>Victor Hugo
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>From: "Jacob Kruger" <blindza@xxxxxxxxx>
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>Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 1:17 PM
>Subject: [blindza] Law could force cars to be louder
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>> Article content below:
>> http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/laws-could-force-cars-to-be-louder-1.1140152
>>
>> And, reckon this is relevant, since something as quiet as certain electric 
>> cars might be a bit quiet to hear while listening to decide if/when to 
>> cross a road, for example.
>>
>> Stay well
>>
>> Jacob Kruger
>> Blind Biker
>> Skype: BlindZA
>> '...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'
>> ---article content---
>> Laws could force cars to be louder
>> September 19 2011 at 10:31am
>> By Chris Greenwood
>>
>> Cars must be seen and heard: Silent EVs like the Nissan Leaf, and even 
>> conventionally-powered cars that are too quiet, could be forced to adhere 
>> to a minimum noise level.
>>
>> Not very long ago building a near-silent engine was a triumph that would 
>> have car manufacturers shouting from the roof-tops.
>>
>> Those days, however, are passing fast. Vehicles are now so quiet that 
>> there are fears pedestrians and cyclists are at risk because they cannot 
>> hear them coming.
>>
>> So governments in the Europe and the USA are considering plans that would 
>> force carmakers to turn up the volume again, by installing artificial 
>> noise generators.
>>
>> Any vehicle that falls below the limit - believed to be around 40 
>> decibels, or the level of a fridge motor - would be required to amplify 
>> its engine noise artificially.
>>
>> The move would affect ordinary models, which have become much quieter in 
>> recent years, as well as electric cars.
>>
>> It means the familiar purr of combustion engines could soon be replaced by 
>> futuristic electronic sounds. At present there is no lower limit for 
>> noise, only an upper limit to prevent excessive noise pollution.
>>
>> Concerns about the silent danger of some vehicles were first raised after 
>> the introduction of electric cars and vans.
>>
>> The idea of adding artificial noise was extended to diesel and petrol 
>> engines after research found some models were equally quiet at speeds 
>> under 32km/h.
>>
>> Manufacturers have already started experimenting with different noises, 
>> from the roar of a sports car to bird song.
>>
>> Last year Toyota announced it would begin selling a noise generator on its 
>> hybrid car, the Prius - producing a sound that some compared to a car in 
>> the Jetsons, the 1960s U.S. cartoon about a space-age family.
>>
>> And Nissan took inspiration from Star Trek for its Leaf electric car, 
>> adding an optional noise generator that makes a swooshing sound like the 
>> Starship Enterprise. -Daily Mail
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>> 11:48am on 19 September 2011 What happened to teaching pedestrians to look 
>> both ways before crossing the street? I don't recall being told to LISTEN 
>> both ways, only to look. Stupidity has no limits!!!
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