So, it's regulation fun-time here at TPS, courtesy today of the deliciously linkable California Legislature. Now we all need hybrid cars, you'll incur another week of purgatory if you resist...but they can't be too quiet.
The measure would establish a committee to study the issue and recommend ways the vehicles could make more noise.I eagerly await not the results-- they'll take extreme steps to make sure absolutely no one could take even the slightest issue with the result-- but the margins by which they determine at what level a hybrid car must make noise. Number of birds scared at 30 meters? Loud enough to out-noise a teenager blasting a stock stereo from their parents' 1998 Acura CL? Though the results will be great, too-- at whatever level they determine to be loud enough, there's still a blind person whose hearing just isn't good enough to avoid getting steamrolled by an oncoming Prius.
My solution? If I owned a hybrid in California, I'd put a gas-powered noise make on the hood.