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 Post subject: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:51 am 
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I found a way to remove the proximity sound to make the rav stealth.

There is a speaker on the bottom right of the 12v battery with a grey plug. Simply unplug and it's done.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:54 pm 
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solarjackpv wrote:
I found a way to remove the proximity sound to make the rav stealth.

There is a speaker on the bottom right of the 12v battery with a grey plug. Simply unplug and it's done.


I've looked and found plenty of plugs. Could you post a couple of shots so I don't unplug something necessary?

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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:44 pm 
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solarjackpv wrote:
I found a way to remove the proximity sound to make the rav stealth.

There is a speaker on the bottom right of the 12v battery with a grey plug. Simply unplug and it's done.


I ask every member to think about this for a second.
The VPNS was put in place to alert pedestrians, small children, the blind etc.
i know it can be annoying, but it's suppose to be Heard by people around you.

Removing a safety feature like this is dangerous and possibly a legal issue when you get sued for running over someone, even if it's the pedestrian's fault

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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:40 am 
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I agree with mark rivers, remove the vpns at your own risk. I find the VPNS too quiet in open spaces and am looking into installing a reverse beeper on a switch for when I am in parking lots. People in the San Gabriel Valley do not pay attention in parking lots and usually never see or hear me coming.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:30 am 
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banshee08 wrote:
I agree with mark rivers, remove the vpns at your own risk. I find the VPNS too quiet in open spaces and am looking into installing a reverse beeper on a switch for when I am in parking lots. People in the San Gabriel Valley do not pay attention in parking lots and usually never see or hear me coming.


Please update us if you find a good reverse beeper.

MY problem in most parking lots, ( Costco, Walmart, Target etc) is that people are too busy texting/ pushing their grocery carts or simply conversing with someone.
Then you have the occasional parents who let their kids run in the parking lot at will.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:30 am 
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mark_rivers19 wrote:
solarjackpv wrote:
I found a way to remove the proximity sound to make the rav stealth.

There is a speaker on the bottom right of the 12v battery with a grey plug. Simply unplug and it's done.


I ask every member to think about this for a second.
The VPNS was put in place to alert pedestrians, small children, the blind etc.
i know it can be annoying, but it's suppose to be Heard by people around you.

Removing a safety feature like this is dangerous and possibly a legal issue when you get sued for running over someone, even if it's the pedestrian's fault


I say GO FOR IT! This is the U.S. of A. Right?

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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:13 pm 
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banshee08 wrote:
People in the San Gabriel Valley do not pay attention in parking lots and usually never see or hear me coming.

People here in Ventura County don't pay attention as well. You really have to be cautious when driving an EV as nobody hears you coming.

I think the VPN is just DUMB and doesn't work at all to warn people... not even in the Prius. At least it has a gas engine to warn people, LOL!

Do other EV's such as the Leaf or Tesla have some sort of VPN?

The only time I hear my VPN is when I pull in and out of the garage. It is our job when driving these cars as to be aware as to who's around us. The VPN does nothing! What is badly needed is a reverse beep as mentioned earlier. Just my .02.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:41 pm 
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AvLegends wrote:
... Do other EV's such as the Leaf or Tesla have some sort of VPN?

The only time I hear my VPN is when I pull in and out of the garage. It is our job when driving these cars as to be aware as to who's around us. The VPN does nothing! What is badly needed is a reverse beep as mentioned earlier. Just my .02.
Not only do they, I'm pretty sure that as of this year or last, they are required equipment on new electric vehicles. My 2011 LEAF has a button to temporarily turn it off. Later models did away with it. I only push the button when backing out at home before 6AM. Otherwise I leave it on.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:21 pm 
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Here's more information about Electric Vehicle warning sounds from Wikipedia. Looks like it will be a requirement in the U.S. starting September 2014.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_v ... ing_sounds

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 Post subject: Re: Removing low speed proximity sound
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:35 pm 
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I would agree that disabling it make you liable if you were to hit someone. Also it is for the blind people so they hear you !!!


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