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I understand the need for the sound, but why does it have to be such a strange noise?

Does anyone know how to change it? I found a guy on YouTube that changed his, but didn't say if he modified the original or just added something new. I'd link to it except that I apparently need to post more before I'm allowed to include links.

YouTube video is v=Y8SnSAsPTsw

I'm thinking something like the Tie Fighter noise would be amazing. :)
 

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I understand the need for the sound, but why does it have to be such a strange noise?

Does anyone know how to change it? I found a guy on YouTube that changed his, but didn't say if he modified the original or just added something new. I'd link to it except that I apparently need to post more before I'm allowed to include links.

YouTube video is v=Y8SnSAsPTsw

I'm thinking something like the Tie Fighter noise would be amazing. :)
Pedestrian Sound Module Question

Should ask any questions regarding this over at the thread where audguy first posted his youtube link of the hack...
 

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I understand the need for the sound, but why does it have to be such a strange noise?

Does anyone know how to change it? I found a guy on YouTube that changed his, but didn't say if he modified the original or just added something new. I'd link to it except that I apparently need to post more before I'm allowed to include links.

YouTube video is v=Y8SnSAsPTsw

I'm thinking something like the Tie Fighter noise would be amazing. :)
I was lazy and just pulled the fuse from the under floor rear fuse block, placed the extra in a blank space and haven't given it a 2nd thought. No more noise maker!
 

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First check your local state laws covering the "pedestrian sound" need. if there is no law requiring it, just pull the fuse out. Noise making should itself be outlawed! I had a 1995 Buick Regal (seen in my signatures for posts before December 2015) that had the horn button stuck on behind the steering wheel airbag, which is too much work to replace, so I disconnected the horn relay. I never needed to use it for the last five years of ownership. The new owner never needed it, either. Future roads should be quiet!
 

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What strange noise??? I know it's supposed to make a noise, but try as I might (even with helpers), I've never heard anything...
 

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What strange noise??? I know it's supposed to make a noise, but try as I might (even with helpers), I've never heard anything...
The Volt pedestrian alert sound is activated anytime the Volt is running and shifted out of Park. It can be hard to hear with the windows rolled up, try rolling down the driver's window. Also, the sound is easier to hear inside a garage where the sound reflects off of the garage walls, much harder to hear from inside the Volt on the street.
 

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What is even more annoying than the sound of the pedestrian warning sound, getting sued by a pedestrian who walked in front of your Volt (their culpability in this accident is irrelevant.) Once their attorney finds out that your Volt had a pedestrian safety feature that was disabled and not working, it will be a big pay day for the plaintiff.
 

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What is even more annoying that the sound of the pedestrian warning sound, getting sued by a pedestrian who walked in front of your Volt (their culpability in this accident is irrelevant.) Once their attorney finds out that your Volt had a pedestrian safety feature that was disabled and not working, it will be big pay day for the plaintiff.
I've talked with several cyclists who really appreciate the notice. They're almost been hit before because they can't hear EVs over the sound of wind rushing through their helmet.

I'm not a huge fan of the sound, but I use it often. I don't like cleaning bug guts off my windshield. I'm SURE I wouldn't like cleaning people guts off either.
 

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Since it turns off at slightly less than 20mph it doesn't really serve much purpose. It really only makes noise at parking lot speeds when tire noise is low or non existent like at a corner when you are stopped or slowly getting going. If removing the fuse didn't also disable other things that I want, I would have already silenced it. IMHO it's a solution looking for a problem.
 

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What is even more annoying than the sound of the pedestrian warning sound, getting sued by a pedestrian who walked in front of your Volt (their culpability in this accident is irrelevant.) Once their attorney finds out that your Volt had a pedestrian safety feature that was disabled and not working, it will be a big pay day for the plaintiff.
For sure! I don't want to disable it. I want to change it. :)
 

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For sure! I don't want to disable it. I want to change it. :)
Even changing the factory pedestrian alert warning is asking for trouble. No doubt GM spent many hours and dollars determining what type of sound is suitable, fit for the purpose of a pedestrian alert, even if you find the sound annoying. I understand that the chance of such a pedestrian collision incident is fairly low but personal injury lawyers would pounce on, exploit this opportunity to obtain compensation for damages suffered by their client should the opportunity arise.
 

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http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?284306-How-to-disable-the-noise-maker



What is even more annoying than the sound of the pedestrian warning sound, getting sued by a pedestrian who walked in front of your Volt (their culpability in this accident is irrelevant.) Once their attorney finds out that your Volt had a pedestrian safety feature that was disabled and not working, it will be a big pay day for the plaintiff.


That will never happen, ever. GM makes too many stupid annoying sounds. From the open door chime to turn signal to the sound maker. All unnecessary


The Model S has no annoying open door chime, very subtle and cool sounding turn signal, and no stupid sound maker except the motor wine which sounds badass.
 

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I would so replace it with the theme from Jaws...
I've suggested that before, if I ever end up with a car which has that feature. Of course, to do it right the car should be reading the distance to pedestrians or cyclists with front cameras or ultrasound, and adjusting the beat based on distance - the closer it gets, the faster the tone. :)

Or maybe a voice - "look out, coming through, make a space, places to go, people to see" on a loop.
 

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What do you mean by "use it often"? This suggest it's optional. Is it?
There may be some confusion going on here. His signature says he has a 2014, first generation car. On that car, GM gave us a horn burble - there's a button on the end of the stalk you push, and it sound a quick series of horm tones to manually alert folks that are nearby.

Second generation cars make a continuous sound when below 25 mph unless the system has been disabled I believe. GM calls both systems pedestrian alert, but I mostly used the burble to wake other drivers who aren't paying attention at lights.
 

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What is even more annoying than the sound of the pedestrian warning sound, getting sued by a pedestrian who walked in front of your Volt (their culpability in this accident is irrelevant.) Once their attorney finds out that your Volt had a pedestrian safety feature that was disabled and not working, it will be a big pay day for the plaintiff.
Life is risk. Live it! We could all just stay in bed in the morning...but wait...there's risk in doing that, too...



...If removing the fuse didn't also disable other things that I want, I would have already silenced it...
The only other thing that fuse removal disables is the single chirp of the horn when you first plug into your EVSE. I'm fine with that. YMMV.



After some light research, it appears that the warning sound is required by US law. Compliance is mandatory by all manufacturers by 2019...
50% of a manufacturer's EV fleet compliance will be mandatory, starting in MY 2019, with full fleet compliance mandatory as of MY 2020 and, it's only a manufacturer requirement...there is no anti-tampering provision. It's not like emission compliance being compulsory on the owner as well as the manufacturer. The noise maker on my 2017 was voluntary/optional/unnecessary. Now, if only eliminating the door-open siren was as easily accomplished...
 
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