Sure, the new Tuono 660 looks and sounds great, but it shouldn’t be too loud for Paris.
Big cities are noisy, and this noise nuisance often has a lot to do with people driving extremely loud cars at all times of the day. I lived in downtown Los Angeles for three years and can personally attest to this. (I’m looking at you, everyone who drives a latest generation V8-powered Stellantis product with an exhaust modification.) Paris wants to tackle this type of noise pollution through the use of a device called a sonic radar, also known as a Medusa.
What exactly is sonic radar? Well, it’s this strange, snake-looking thing that city officials are considering putting all over Paris. The four microphones are triggered by noise that exceeds a certain decibel level, which then triangulate the source of the noise and use CCTV to photograph and quote the injuring vehicle. By vehicle, I mean motorcycles as this appears to be the main objective of this program.
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Modern motorcycles sold in Europe have to meet extremely strict emission standards, including noise emissions. The current Euro 5 regulations limit new motorcycles with a displacement of more than 175 cc to only 80 decibels, which is roughly equivalent to disposing of household waste.
“We have nothing against Ferraris or Harley Davidsons, but their owners sometimes like to demonstrate the performance of their vehicles and the noise really bugs residents,” said Remy Jourdan, a Villeneuve-le-Roi official, in an interview with Reuters.
These medusas are part of an overall plan to make Paris quieter and more enjoyable overall. This plan – which would allow the Medusas to start buying tickets – will be put to the vote on October 12 and will apply from 2021 to 2026, according to a report published on Wednesday by the French publication Liberation.
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