Flashback for a moment to 1982. Remember the TV series Knight Rider? Remember the car that could talk? Well, 28 years later it looks like fact is imitating fiction.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hybrid cars crash into bicyclists and pedestrians 40% more often than gas-fueled cars. The problem stems from the fact that hybrid cars are too quiet.
So now there’s a $140 device being marketed that gives hybrid car owners the choice of 16 different sounds to broadcast their presence. These apparently range from a cat’s meow to a voice saying, “Excuse me.”
I wonder if there’s an option that bellows, “Get the hell out of my way, dumbshit!”