Is the noise generator on when the car is stopped? My Prius C generates no noise when stopped - the noise only starts when I lift my foot from the brake pedal. There really isn't any sense in generating noise when stopped because there's no danger of injuring anyone.Stopping the annoying noise is as simple as pulling the fuse in the Spark EV.
Yeah, I can see that - makes sense. I haven't had that problem in my Prius C, but of course its engine comes on at the drop of a hat anyway.There was one time when I was trying to pull out of parking spot in a busy parking lot. I couldn't pull out easily/safely because the pedestrians didn't know I wanted to move and they were meandering slowly in front of the car.
Just remove the fuse. I did that on my Spark EV and it's much better for it.Ethics and legality aside, from a technical perspective I wonder if it will be possible to disconnect the low speed noise generator on the new Bolt. Either at the generator or possibly from the fuse box. And will that trigger an error/warning on the dashboard.
"legal exposure"? There's nothing preventing the user from modifying their car with regards to noise makers. The auto manufacturers will at some point be required to put it on, but the user is not bound by that. I've made changes in hardware and software before that were not legal for automakers to have turned on (or off) but sometimes it's a simple as going into the computer and changing settings (or adding or cutting wires). If someone is injured, it would still who is at fault.On my Spark EV, the noise is so low I can just hear it in my garage with the windows down. Not a problem, IMHO.
One would be very foolish tom turn it off, due to the legal exposure. Consider the conversation in court after you injure a person with this pedestrian safety feature turned off...
If the fuse were to blow "somehow"....can't be liable for that.I would be very wary about disconnecting or disabling the warning sound because if you are involved in a pedestrian related accident and be found to have disconnected it, you could seriously increase your potential liability.