For the same reason I like my bike's bell--as a friendly way of saying "here comes a bike; please behave as expected" (and to deliver the sometimes-required "audible signal while overtaking")--I want my car to have a friendly, audible cue for others that share the road with me. In a crisis, we use "angry" noises: cars honk and cyclists yell. I want a non-angry, non-crisis voice for my EV.
that other non-car road users will think about like an ICE's "purr".
troyf wrote: How about driving as if pedestrians have the right of way (as they do!).
You seem to proceed from two false assumptions, the first about how I drive and the second about the applicable law.
I do, in fact, drive whenever possible as if
had the ROW, and aware, for example, that speed limits of 30 and 35 are often chosen for places with more pedestrians.
But, no, as a matter of (Massachusetts) state law, Pedestrians only have an absolute ROWin marked crosswalks
, and not, for example, when they chose to step into traffic from between cars mid block. I cycle more miles than I drive most weeks, too, so I drive as if cyclists are full & equal partners in sharing the road (which actually *is* the law here).
I would like my car to be louder--in a friendly way--so that those I share the street with can make decisions that are better informed by their sense of hearing
" If they walk out in front of you, you are responsible."
Not if they choose to step out from between cars mid block, which, when a downtown's pedestrian flows get heavy enough, they end up doing alarmingly often. I want to help others conform their behavior to expectations. Right now, one universal expectation is that cars make engine noise (even the Mass RMV clerk's head nearly exploded when I told her that my electric car had zero cylinders, and that the previous title had had "E" instead of a number).
Believe me, I drive (and cycle) as if pedestrians have 100% ROW everywhere (which, as a matter of law, they only have in marked crosswalks).
So, I'm trying to deter the types that'd pop out unexpectedly between a row of parallel parked cars. Even "deter" is too strong a word. I want to "inform". I want a hacked, louder-but-still-friendly VSP to "allow pedestrians to make better-informed decisions about how they interact with oncoming EVs" How's that?
If you need noise, use it when needed. That's what the HORN is for
The horn is for emergencies, and has an angry/accusatory connotation. I'm looking for something that communicates a "we're sharing this public space message" and "I'm over here, going X mph" The horn is very hard to honk in a "friendly reminder" way--the best one can do is two short "beep beep", often with insufficient reaction time. I'm trying to better avoid accidents that would be *the pedestrians' fault* should they happen.