Turn Off VESS (Virtual Engine Sound System)

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by Boston Charger, May 30, 2019.

  1. I am sure it helps in parking lots, but it would be nice to temporarily disable it to listen for any other sounds you may or may not want to hear.

    EVRIGREEN New Member

    Sorry, if I hit a blind person Because they stepped right out in front of me because they didn’t know there was a car coming, I would feel pretty bad. It’s there for a reason. Sure, it’s your fault, but does that make it any better for the person who ends up in the hospital because you found the VESS annoying?
  3. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    I'd think that that scenario is pretty unlikely. Teslas have been without such sound for 7 years now and I can't recall hearing about such incidents..
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  4. SkookumPete

    SkookumPete Well-Known Member

    It's unlikely you would permit this to happen. To be fair, this measure has been called for by blind people so they may feel surer about what's around them and act with confidence. It may not prevent many accidents, but if it helps part of the population cope, I'm not opposed.

    Cuckoo walk signals are a different story, because that is an annoying sound.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
  5. ehatch

    ehatch Active Member

    Did a connected piece pull up, or did the wiring just unplug? I can't seem to find a pressure tab to release "it." Can you please take a pic of what it looks like disconnected?
  6. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    Here we go.. the arrow I painted points right at the tab that you have to push.. I just pushed the top of the tab and the connector came off easily
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019
  7. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

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  8. The tab is probably facing the front making it harder to access.
  9. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    No, the tab is facing towards the windshield. It is very easy to remove the connector.. As long as you can get 1 finger behind the connector and the thumb against the tab, it pulls right off.
  10. That's why I couldn't get it off!
  11. KonaTom

    KonaTom Active Member

    I was finally able to disconnect it. The photo showing the tab helped. The car is running much quieter now. I think the vess was running at higher speeds than advertised. The difference driving in town is very noticeable.
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  12. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    Glad that you got it off..
  13. Are you going to leave it off or put it back after a bit? Careful, you might grow to like the silence:cool:
  14. Over the last 8 months of driving with and without the VESS I haven't found it noticeably affects my detectability by pedestrians. The DRLs are so bright that the car is rarely missed. It seems children notice the VESS the most, one young girl explained to her mom that it was "an electronic car!"
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  15. KonaTom

    KonaTom Active Member

    The quiet is nice. I put the plug back on top of switch to protect it and can push it back down anytime. I do have pedestrian mitigation still, and I drive slowly and watch for pedestrians in parking lots. When the vess was active I had people walk in front of me, not noticing the sound.
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  16. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    I did the same thing.. Don't want to get dust into the connector.. Sitting on top of the vess unit but not pushed in will protect the connector from corrosion and dust. I love being able to sneak up on people in our work parking garage.. If you are careful, there is little chance that you will hit anyone.. Like I said, Teslas have been quiet for a long time and there is no notable number of incidents where the lack of noise caused accidents with pedestrians..
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  17. KonaTom

    KonaTom Active Member

    I find that people hear the sound of the tires on road. It’s louder than most cars because of its weight and if you are turning it is quite noticeable.
  18. Yes the Nexens road noise is very noticeable.
  19. WalterEhrat

    WalterEhrat New Member

    Thanks for the help guy's. The noise has been bugging me and I found it annoying to have to cancel the VESS on every startup/reset. Easy to unplug the sound generator.
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  20. Are you from Europe? It seems we don't have that option in N.A.

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