Electric cars will sing
Have you ever been taken by surprise by a hybrid or electric car suddenly and silently appearing beside you? It can be quite a shock.
Well, Nissan is ready to address the danger of silent electric cars – they are going to have them sing! This year Nissan has introduced its new “Canto” model, so named because “cantera” is Latin for “to sing”, and “Canto” means “I sing”.
The EU and other jurisidictions have legislated that electric cars have to make some noise as a safety measure for blind or visually impaired pedestrians who will no longer have petrol engine sounds to warn them of approaching vehicles. To meet these requirements, Nissan states:
“The Canto will change the sound Nissan cars make while driving, varying in pitch and tone depending on whether the vehicle is accelerating, decelerating or reversing, almost sounding like electronic music.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/27/nissans-electric-cars-sing-replace-engine-noise/)
Sadly, if you watch this video, the “singing” of this car is as annoying as the accelerating/decelerating noise of a regular car. Let’s hope they improve the vocals before they ship them out to dealers!
If you watch this video, which tells you more abou this new car, try to figure out if the voice-over is a human being or a computer.
(BTW – if you have not sat inside a hybrid or electric car, you should try one. The QUIET is absolutely amazing! Really and truly!)
Let’s hope they solve the warning noise issue and that we can get more electric and therefore quiet cars on the road. But maybe they can re-think the singing.