For the first time in automobile history, car-makers who have been trying to make cars quieter, will try to make their cars noisy! If they run too quietly, pedestrians may fail to notice them approaching!
HVs (Hybrid Vehicles) make hardly any sound when they are driven slowly. The Toyota Motor Corp.'s ‘Prius’ makes a sound of about 30 decibels which is as quiet as a whisper. Experts are concerned that visually impaired people may fail to notice the vehicles approach due to this quietness.
The transport ministry is paving the way for HVs to make artificial sounds in order to insure safety on the streets. The ministry has set up a committee comprising of university professors and other experts, to address this problem. However, experts point out that the task will not be easy.
“We want car-makers to individually make efforts to develop their own sounds, and we hope such a situation will automatically narrow down good ones,” a senior ministry official said. “We don't want them to make background music as used in stores or other sounds that could be mistaken for something else other than cars.”
Source: Yomiuri News, 2010-04-10
The greatest sound that followers of Jesus Christ are yearning for today, is not of HVs creeping up on us, but the thunderous voice of the Lord!
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thess. 4:16,17).
So powerful will this voice rip through earth and sea, that those who died in Christ through all the ages, will miraculously be snatched from dust, ashes and sea to miraculously come back to life, in order to stand alive with many millions before their Creator and their God!
God's children are intently waiting for this great trumpet blast!
Will you be one to hear it?