Last year, we pointed out that some car companies were experimenting
with adding fake engine noises to their cars, after complaints were heard that hybrid and electric vehicles were "too quiet" and sneaking up on people. Apparently, those original experiments are turning into a groundswell. After some politicians decided to put forth
legislation requiring such sounds, apparently lots of car companies are adding sounds to their cars
, such as Nissan's recently announced plan to include futuristic Blade Runner
-style sounds. Reading through that NY Times article, it seems like the car companies are less concerned about the safety issues, but are excited about the idea of opening up a new market for selling "car tones" -- like ringtones, but for your car noise. Can't we just set it to vibrate? In the meantime, there appears to be no evidence
that these hybrid and electric "menaces" are causing any more accidents in their "silent, but deadly" current state.