[gdum-l] FW: Article from Boston Globe Business 2010 06 13
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Sun Jun 13 12:35:39 GMT 2010
Article in Today's Globe, thought some of you might find this of interest.
Electric car sounds warning By Washington Post June 13, 2010
It was quiet. Maybe too quiet.
With advocates for pedestrians and the blind warning that hybrid and
electric cars could catch strollers unaware, the designers of the Nissan
Leaf have added sound effects to the otherwise nearly silent vehicle.
After exploring a hundred sounds that ranged from chimes to motorlike to
futuristic, the company settled on a soft whine that fluctuates in intensity
with the car's speed.
When backing up, the car makes a clanging sound.
Nissan says it worked with advocates for the blind, a Hollywood sound design
company, and acoustic psychologists in creating its system of audible
The Leaf is scheduled to go on sale in part of the United States in
Nissan added the artificial noise as lawmakers and regulators study whether
auto manufacturers should be required to install warning sounds in their
vehicles to alert pedestrians.
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