Of course. However if you injure a pedestrian, you are already at fault most of the time. Personally, I only park in lots so I can drive off without reversing - part of the whole let's save energy thing, also why I'm willing to walk from farther away from a shop - less distance driven, safer to leave, and health benefits too (as long as no one hits you while walking). But every modern car comes with a back up camera which is wide angle. So if you just edge your back end an inch past the surrounding cars, you can easily see everyone approaching on foot, even kids. Really there can be little excuse.If you mess with the speaker, there's a potential liability concern. Imagine being parked in a crowded parking lot with a huge pickup truck next to you blocking your view. You back out and hit a pedestrian who was not paying attention and didn't hear any audible sound from your car while backing up.
Could be a semi you parked next to. As long as your camera is an inch out past them, you have a clear view of the traffic lane. Your mirror view continues to be obstructed by vehicles on your sides of course. In fact, it may even be safer to back up than go forward as going forward more of your car has to be in the traffic lane until your eyes can see the traffic lane (the hood has to clear tall vehicles on your sides first).I disagree with your point about "if you just edge your back end an inch past the surrounding cars, you can easily see everyone approaching on foot" That has not been my experience when a big truck or SUV is parked 18 inches away from my side door.
Any luck?I just bought a '20 kia niro PHEV and the backup sound is super loud, I didn't realize how bad it was until I got home. My neighbors complained so I'm going to see about disabling it, this seems like a silly hack and there should just be some volume adjustment options.
Sounds like this is a 2020 issue...Did a check again with my 2019 Niro HEV: with windows down, radio off and engine not running, I can barely hear the beep-beep-beep backup alarm. My wife couldn't hear it, but then she didn't want to shut up about not hearing it, either. ;-)
This apparently is a 2020 issue.I can hear it from inside the car, but it's not loud at all. The seat belt chime is far louder. And if my window is down while I am backing into the garage, it just isn't that loud. I've also been standing in the garage when my wife has backed it in, and it least for mine it's just not obtrusive. Yes, you hear it. But again, it's like a low seat belt chime. It isn't loud at all.
And the pedestrian alert when moving forward is also very low key. It's more of a Sci-Fi electronic whirring sound, and again just loud enough to be heard without being annoying. Unless they've changed both the sound and the volume level from my '19, I can't imagine why anyone would bother messing with it.
Yeah the backup is very loud on the 2020 version. I had friend stand in front and the rear when i put in reverse, and he said the "beeping" was coming from the front of the car.They must have really cranked the volume on the 2020. It just isn't that loud on my '19 at all. And the backup alert does seem to come from the rear of the car. Maybe it's just playing mind games with me.