Offer a way to alert pedestrians of your quiet car nearby.
I think most drivers of electric vehicles agree that we do not want any artificial sounds permanently emitted from our vehicles to make up for the “missing” engine rumble. At the same time, there is consensus that electric vehicles, while still far and few in between, are particularly dangerous for that very reason: Pedestrians and cyclists usually do not hear us coming and presume that where there is no noise, there is no car.
Honking the normal horn is not a good option, since it’s way too loud and thus can inappropriately scare pedestrians and cyclists, giving us EV drivers an inadvertently aggressive appearance. A simple and adequate solution has been discussed for a long time now, and I hope that Tesla will implement it in their vehicles soon: An additional, smaller, less aggressive, manually operated horn specifically to warn pedestrians and cyclists.
The Chevrolet Volt/Opel Ampera has this feature, and it has proven very useful.
As of late 2020 builds, Teslas now have the mandated low-speed external noisemaker, which serves the same purpose without needed a muted horn function.
(voting combined from a close duplicate that has been removed)
I walk a dog and ride a bike daily in one of the most Tesla-filled neighborhoods in the country, and I don't notice ANY difference between a Tesla (or i3, or Leaf, etc) and the usual ICE car overtaking me. The tire noise predominates; you simply don't hear "engine rumble" except when a Boy Racer goes by (yuck). Deliberately making noise, like the abominable truck-backing-up-beepers, should be avoided with every fiber of our being.
That said, a gentler pedestrian-friendly low horn would be welcome on every vehicle. A gentle tap on the horn button for low, higher pressure for a loud warning would come naturally.
An external speaker that relays a spoken message would be be great, eg "Excuse me". On my bike I can go from a quiet tinkling bell sound through a more strident "bring-bring" to a serious "OI!" if the pedestrian is in imminent danger.
As a workaround, why not just put a cheap radio controlled door bell in the frunk and the trigger button underneath the driver seat. There you have it and it can get even funny if you choose one of those "MP3 door bells" where you can record any own sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAX2H0hpOc4
I would encourage this feature; courtesy to overtaken bicycle riders to alert them and avoid their turning into the traffic lane; not sure how to select and implement it without another mechanical button, which would complicate retrofit.
Need this. I followed a group of girls walking in the parking lot at the Brea Mall for several minutes before finally rolling down the window and yelling "Excuse me!" and they still didn't move out of the way.
As noted by many this is a stupid idea. Pedestrians must expect silent cars or bicycles sinc by now even ICE cars can be rather silent, and car drivers must expect anything from pedestrians since some of them may be kids or drunken adults.
It would be nice to hit a button that gives a little chirp. I was literally five feet behind somebody walking down my country road and they had no idea I was there. Happened twice in 2 days. I would not want a constant sound, as that would be highly annoying.
My 1960s era Citroen had two horns: the discrete city horn and the raucous country horn. A light press on the button invoked the town horn and a firmer press on the same button blasted out the country horn. Worked like a champ.
Waououou! What a violent reaction to such a petty subject. .. I sure wouldn't like too much to be on your path when you drive your car. This is an option and everybody should have the possibility to use or not use this add-on feature. I don't care about the car being hurt, i just don't want to hurt anybody on foot or on a bicycle. You probably never heard the story about the egg meeting the bowling ball. by the time you figure out how to inform through the window, the door, the roof or even the windshield the person unaware of your presence, I trust you will find a way to call 911 with smoke signals or the trumpet you keep in your trunk.
whatever your opinion, and I respect it, let's keep our sense of measure on the road as well as on this forum. It might just keep us in a slightly more civilized environnment.