Automakers Add Noise to Hybrids

Oct 14, 2009
Outside Magazine

By now, you may have heard the ruckus about how Hybrid cars are too quiet, which has safety experts worried that people won't hear them coming. The good news (uh, maybe), reports the New York Times, is that Hybrid automakers are now working to equip cars with artificial sounds. Fisker, Nissan, and Toyota are all automotive companies that have been working on these "car tones." Next year, Fisker's Karma will emit a sound similar to a "cross between a starship and a Formula One race car." If that doesn't sound appealing to you, the future may bring the option of letting drivers choose their preferred type of vroom.

-- Lisa Lombardi

Filed To: Nature

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