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Prius to make more "noise"

Only Toyota would catch hell for making a car TOO quiet.

Toyota turns up the volume on Prius - Aug. 24, 2010

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Toyota said Tuesday it will begin selling a noise-making device for its popular Prius hybrids in Japan that is designed to alert pedestrians when the quiet, gasoline-electric vehicle is approaching.

The device, which emits a humming sound similar to an electric motor, will be available on the third-generation Prius in Japan beginning next week. The aim is to "alert but not annoy," according to a Toyota press release.

Toyota spokesman David Lee said the company plans to begin offering the device in other markets, including the United States, at some point in the future. But he could not say when.

The device is designed to meet new safety requirements in Japan for gasoline-electric and other hybrid vehicles that are much quieter than traditional gas powered cars.

The 12,600 ($149) device automatically kicks in when the Prius is running on its electric motor at speeds up to about 15 miles per hour. The sound is similar to the hum of an electric motor, but louder. It rises and falls in pitch relative to the vehicle's speed to help pedestrians locate the car.

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are you kidding? They should make a blow off valve sound. that would be cool.

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lol...i had this argument with my friend a few years ago... that damn prius could ninja kill anyone on the streets!

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Think about blind people...

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They should make it sound like one of those pod racers from star wars ep1.
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They should make it sound like one of those pod racers from star wars ep1.
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If they have to put that contraption on, presumably on all their hybrid vehicles in the future, it would be marketing gold to have different engine sounds for download right on Toyota's website. I think that pod racer noise idea's great. Make a upgraded speaker/ amp combo available from dealer parts, for more realistic engine sounds. A whole new market for modding!

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They need this: SoundRacer


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or the car sound from the jetsons would be cool
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Doesn't the damn thing come with a horn?

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