Electric vehicles are eerily quiet, and it can cause some frustration, for both the driver and pedestrian. Toyota has created an add-on for the Prius that will help solve the problem.
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I've been driving an electric vehicle at my University job for over a year now and I can't tell you how many times I have been stuck behind unaware pedestrians on the small campus walkways. Yelling at the pedestrians seems unwarranted and rude and the horn on my vehicle is so loud and obnoxious that it makes pedestrians run crying for their mommies. So what to do? Well the Prius now has an optional external soundtrack. It's built on the front of the vehicle and the speaker emits a futuristic humming sound. As of yet the option is only available in Japan but hopefully it will be available in the U.S. soon. I just hope that the strange hover car type sound doesn't make pedestrians think a UFO is landing behind them!