Turn Off VESS (Virtual Engine Sound System)

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

  1. R P

    R P Well-Known Member

    Haha, I like that locomotive sound, although would want it to shut off after about 20 kph.
  2. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    Yeah, the gp9 sound would get old. I still want to see Jetsons.

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  3. Chris-Ca

    Chris-Ca New Member

    How about the sound of Gilbert Gottfried yelling "Get out of the way! MOVE!" for the VESS?
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  4. ehatch

    ehatch Active Member

    Locomotive VESS is awesome!
    Sadly, with the amount of people: wearing headphones/ear buds, walking outside X walk,adults biking like they're 5 years old on a road plus wearing ear buds... I am convinced VESS doesn't take the place of a vigilant driver* Pitch black out in a parking lot today,and people ignored my BRIGHT reversing lights to walk behind my EV.
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  5. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    You forgot to mention phone zombies:confused:
  6. Chris-Ca

    Chris-Ca New Member

    Aren't you supposed to wait until pedestrian traffic is not coming before reversing? I think they have the right of way, even if you do run them over. ;)
  7. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    When backing out of parking spaces, your visibility is oftentimes quite limited as the adjacent cars block your view. Even with a camera, there can be someone walking just out of the frame.
  8. Jgood

    Jgood New Member

    While backup up in a Costco parking lot last week I was pleased to discover that the rear cross traffic alert sounded from a man walking right behind cars where he was hidden from view. He didn't stop even though I was clearly already backing out as he approached. Must have been in a rush to get a hot roast chicken!
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  9. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Rear cross traffic also worked for me detecting pedestrian in the blind spot while in reverse :
    A really good feature on this car that works.
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  10. Chris-Ca

    Chris-Ca New Member

    The other day, I backed out of a parking spot and proceeded down the parking aisle, and someone almost walked into my car. I heard him say to his friend "that car is so quiet!". That was with the VESS making it's spaceship sound. This was at night.
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  11. Paul DeLeon

    Paul DeLeon New Member

    Can anybody advise me on how to take the front panel off to give access to the VESS? It has 4 screws, but after that I cannot get it out.
  12. KonaTom

    KonaTom Active Member

    I couldn’t get it out either. Had to reach in and unplug vess connector
  13. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Only details I can find without the service manual:
    Still waiting for the follow up video, but seeing as its now back together sounding like a locomotive, that might not happen.
  14. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    I didn't think he modified VESS - I thought he had something else in the cabin that could read from the CAN bus and make sound. But I could be wrong.

    It would be fun to tear apart a VESS module and see the degree to which it can be reflashed. But I wouldn't spend what it would cost to buy one new, and finding one in a junkyard would be damned near impossible.

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  15. ehatch

    ehatch Active Member

    I was watching,and shoulder checking because it was pitch black.The pedestrians just wanted to walk behind my Kona.

    @electriceddy there were NO beeps,your post just reminded me of this for that night,every time pedestrians come behind my kona.
  16. Kamloops_KoNa

    Kamloops_KoNa Member

    I just unplugged mine and left it as be. It's in a sheltered area without any vents, so I'm goo with it simply being unplugged.
    I love the silence; the lack of whining of the vehicle. Now if only I could do something this effective you my Littles in the back seat
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  17. nigels

    nigels Member

    Toyota's division in Uruguay is experimenting with creating an EV sound that is beneficial to plants. Yes, really. The stationary sound is similar to the Kona's, but once the car gets moving it sounds either like a steam engine, or a rusty brake disk!


    The video is interesting, but if you want the TL;DR version scroll down to the audio sample on soundcloud.
  18. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    Howler monkeys having sex in space. Is that better than moaning mermaids?
  19. KiwiME

    KiwiME Active Member

    ... more like disturbing ...

    Yes it is awesome, meanwhile Eric has added more features to his development system.
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  20. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    He has done sort of radio in the hole where I charge my phone.

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