Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Pedestrian Automatic Warning system noise


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Manufacturers must install an AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems) system in four-wheeled electric and hybrid electric vehicles that are approved from July 1, 2019, and to all new quiet electric and hybrid vehicles registered from July 2021. The vehicle must make a continuous noise level of at least 56 dBA (within 2 meters) if the car is going 20 km/h (12 mph) or slower, and a maximum of 75 dBA.

This is what the 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid sounds like when going forward and in Reverse. Notice that it is louder when backing...



Does Toyota realize how annoying this sound is? It sounds like a spirit that is unhappy! It's so loud I'm afraid to drive our brand new hybrid early in the morning or late at night in fear that I will upset my neighbors. Toyota at least could have made it sound like a normal engine instead of the noise it makes now.