You can turn it off if you turn off the VESS (pedestrian warning sounds), at least you can in the UK. However it is an important safety feature which should only be turned off if you are certain there are no pedestrians to be warned. It is a particularly important safety feature for blind (and possibly partly deaf) pedestrians.Is there any way to lower the volume of reverse horn in eNiro 2020?
I agree - which is why I've suggested that the feature is likely to have been disabled for UK imports.It would surprise me if a car that by default has a reverse horn activated would be homologated in the UK if it really is illegal.
But it has not been defeated on the UK variants. It’s still right in there. Wind your window down whilst reversing! The only difference AFAIK is UK can disable it with the VESS button. US can’t as it has no VESS button.I agree - which is why I've suggested that the feature is likely to have been disabled for UK imports.
Maybe some UK Kia owners could comment ?
Is there any way to lower the volume of reverse horn in eNiro 2020?
The OP was asking if the volume could be adjusted, implying that he doesn't want to turn it off.You can turn it off if you turn off the VESS
This was my issue with it in the Kona (where it could not be turned off at all). It was just embarrassing, frankly, when arriving home late at night.I consider the volume to be far too high under certain circumstances ( ie. reversing on my driveway early morning or late evening)
I think you may find that this regulation has been overridden in the case of electrical vehicles by the European regulation which requires all electrical vehicles travelling below 12 mph or reversing to make a pedestrian warning sound. The sound may be switched off in circumstances where the driver judges this is necessary."(3) No person shall sound, or cause or permit to be sounded, on a road any reversing alarm fitted to a vehicle—
(a)unless the vehicle is a goods vehicle which has a maximum gross weight not less than 2000 kg, a bus, engineering plant, or a works truck; or
(b)if the sound of the alarm is likely to be confused with a sound emitted in the operation of a pedestrian crossing established, or having effect as if established, under Part III of the 1984 Act."
I hope you're right but surprised that the gov.uk page I quoted hasn't been updated to take account of that.I think you may find that this regulation has been overridden in the case of electrical vehicles by the European regulation which requires all electrical vehicles travelling below 12 mph or reversing to make a pedestrian warning sound. The sound may be switched off in circumstances where the driver judges this is necessary.
Perhaps I should refer you to the text at the top of the page you referenced:Perhaps I should refer you to 'The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986'
That is the original version of the legislation. There have been regular amendments to those regulations though not necessarily to regulat 99 which is the one in question here. There has also been more recent legislation that may not explicitly say it overrides the 1986 act but when two laws conflict the more recent takes precedence.Status:
This is the original version (as it was originally made).
2017 was more recent than 1986. AVAS must operate when reversing (unless you have an ICE).(a) Sound generation method
The AVAS shall automatically generate a sound in the minimum range of vehicle speed from start up to approximately 20 km/h and during reversing. Where the vehicle is equipped with an internal combustion engine that is in operation within the vehicle speed range defined above, the AVAS shall not generate a sound.
For vehicles having a reversing sound warning device, it is not necessary for the AVAS to generate a sound whilst reversing.
Yes, there are lots of restrictions on the sound made when moving forward including minimum and maximum volume and permitted frequencies. In reverse it just had to have an overall volume at least 47Db with no maximum specified. So beeper is fine but not required.In essence, all new EVs now have to make some sort of noise at low speeds, including in reverse.
In drive, the noise has to be one that will make people think a car is approaching.
The reversing noise doesn’t have to be the noise it makes in drive, if it has a reverse warning sound.
So effectively, the manufacturer can choose if they want to make it sound similar in forward and reverse (like the vast majority of normal ICE cars), or they can choose to give it an annoying reversing beeper instead.
Sadly, the Kona and eNiro (I believe) have the latter. Hopefully the Ioniq 5 and the EV6 will not have beepers.