Besides the sights of Paris, the sounds can be fairly intense, especially if you are walking close to a motorway. As this article on Engadget.com states Paris is trialling “noise radar” that focuses in on powerful muscle cars with loud muffler noise. Using a quartet of microphones appended to street poles, the system triangulates on noise and uplinks with a CCTV camera to pinpoint the offending vehicle.
It’s no surprise that these devices have been located near bars in Paris’ entertainment districts as well as around major buildings. With nearly sixty of the noise radar systems installed, there is a two year trial to figure out if this technology works, and also to ascertain what noise level will result in fines.
But “people with souped-up rides might not want to get too comfortable. A draft law due for a vote this fall will let local officials experiment with noise radar fines, and (the Paris suburb of ) Villeneuve-le-Roi intends to take advantage of it if and when the law takes effect. ”
Of course if you are driving an electric vehicle you will make little noise. The YouTube video below “Small Sidewalk” chats with young people in Paris on the impacts of city noise in their lives. In terms of streets the youth identify vehicular noise as a major component of annoying acoustical experiences.