Is it true? A friend told me this morning, he read it online somewhere. Since I don't intend to get the Gen 2 Volt, I haven't kept up with its development and latest news.
"Also new for 2016 is an automatic audible signal during low speed driving. For previous Volts, a Safety Alert Signal was a double horn chirp the driver manually actuated by pushing a button on the end of the turn signal stalk.
For 2016, the signal tone has changed to more of a mechanical pump sound that was derived from the ELR and Spark EV and automatically turns on below 19 mph and remains on continuously. The driver typically cannot hear it, but pedestrians can."
From page 262 of the owner's manual.
Fuse F5: Pedestrian protection
The 2016 Order Guide has the below listed as Standard:
Pedestrian safety signal, automatic audible signal during low speed driving
Yes, perhaps they are referring to the pedestrian alert that is emitted for blind people at low speeds.
Removing this fuse would be like a rolling lawsuit waiting to happen. Now if this specific fuse just 'happened' to be blown...well thats another story!Does pulling the F5 fuse disable the pedestrian sound?
I taught at a nearby university as an adjunct professor for 5 years. For 3 of those, I drove a Prius that was absolutely silent at low speeds. Every year, on the first day, I could have scraped numerous iPod / iPhone toting undergrads off of my car if I chose not to drive REALLY carefully! However, to be fair, I'm not sure that a fake engine noise would have helped - a foghorn might have.I believe there's a greater risk of injuring someone who's looking down at their phone...
It's on page 261, not 262