VBugatti
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Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:12 pm

Any ideas about how to turn off the sound the car makes when it is in movement. It sounds like a speaker. If we knew where itis coming from we might be able to introduce some more interesting sounds! :mrgreen:

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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:44 pm

Our car has never made this sound since the day we picked it up, so obviously there is some way to turn it off . . . . but I don't know how it was done. I'm glad ours doesn't make the noise . . . . if it did, turning it off would have been our first 'mod'

When you figure out how to make it go away, post it here . . . . I'm sure others will be interested

Don
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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:01 pm

VBugatti,
You are correct, there is a device that looks like a speaker in the front right side of the i.
I am NOT suggesting this be done for safety reasons so do it at your own risk but.....
You would start by taking off the top/inner plastic liner in the right front wheel well under the car.
The speaker is located there facing the right tire.
There is a push on clip type wire connector that when removed will disable the sound. It's a bit tricky to get unclipped but it does come off.
Put electrical tape on the two mating connections to keep water and dirt out.
QUIET

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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:47 pm

Don wrote:Our car has never made this sound since the day we picked it up, so obviously there is some way to turn it off . . . . but I don't know how it was done. I'm glad ours doesn't make the noise . . . . if it did, turning it off would have been our first 'mod'
Don


Although the sound is a bit annoying at times, I think it is very useful as a safety issue. In parking lots, I'd much rather have a pedestrian hear me coming from behind rather than always having to beep my horn. Also, when reversing out of parking spots, helpful to let pedestrians know a car is backing out. Not sure if any other current EV's come equipped with AVAS but I can see its benefit in pedestrian filled cities of Japan which is probably why our US model came equipped with it.

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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:57 am

Don wrote:Our car has never made this sound since the day we picked it up, so obviously there is some way to turn it off . . . . but I don't know how it was done. I'm glad ours doesn't make the noise . . . . if it did, turning it off would have been our first 'mod'

When you figure out how to make it go away, post it here . . . . I'm sure others will be interested

Don


I've never heard my car make the noise either. I don't even know what it supposed to sound like. I've had friends drive my car while I stood outside of it to see what it was like, nothing. Wasn't sure if it came on at a certain time or what but I didn't have any error on the display either, not sure if I should or not. Then I noticed I could easilly sneak up on people, I've had people casually walk through a parking lot unaware that I was right behind them. My car was a demo, I'm wondering if they turned it off because it annoyed people on the sales floor when they were taking it out for test drives where it was parked in the cardboard i MiEV display stand.

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Don
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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:00 am

My car was a dealer demo too - It had almost 400 miles on it when we bought it. I think you may be right . . . . if it had made the noise (whatever it sounds like) when used on demo drives, people may have been less likely to buy one??

The AVAS 'idiot light' flashes on before we start the car, so it's not malfunctioning . . . . I suspect someone just pulled one of the wires off the speaker

Don
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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:36 am

I really like the artificial space-ship sound our iMiEV puts out, BUT I wish I had manual control over the darn thing to be able to turn it off unless needed as all-to-often people think that is the real noise our silent EV puts out. Unfortunately, a federal law was passed which mandates noisemakers on EVs and hybrids (but not silent ICEs) :evil: - I don't know what this law's implementation status presently is.

I would also like to have a volume control on our space-ship sound as many times (e.g., in parking lots) I'd like it to be much louder! I even carry a child's tooting bulb horn in the driver's cupholder that I sometimes resort to by sticking out the window, a carry-over from my other EVs. Amazing how oblivious to their surroundings people have become, especially when walking and texting...

If all else fails, there's the normal horn, but I also wish that was manually selectable like the old French cars: a city horn and a country horn.
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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:50 am

JoeS wrote:I really like the artificial space-ship sound our iMiEV puts out, BUT I wish I had manual control over the darn thing to be able to turn it off unless needed as all-to-often people think that is the real noise our silent EV puts out.


JoeS wrote:I would also like to have a volume control on our space-ship sound as many times (e.g., in parking lots) I'd like it to be much louder!


JoeS wrote:If all else fails, there's the normal horn, but I also wish that was manually selectable like the old French cars: a city horn and a country horn.

Sounds like several good projects ahead :)
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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:23 am

Hi all,

I also like the slow speed sound and I find it usefull. Even for myself when backing into the garage. The aural give you a good sense that the car is energized and ready to go. Since the car has a creep mode I think the sound is really important. As much as I am a fan of modding things I will leave this sound intact.

Don...

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Re: Electronic sound to alert pedestirans

Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:41 pm

JoeS wrote:I really like the artificial space-ship sound our iMiEV puts out . . . .
Can you post an audio clip, Joe? I'd love to hear what it sounds like . . . . not something from the Jetson's I hope! :shock:

Don
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