Watch: Nissan tackles dangers of silent electric cars with new “singing” concept

Futuristic sound warns pedestrians of approaching vehicles to replace traditional combustion engine noise

Watch: Nissan tackles dangers of silent electric cars with new “singing” concept
The Nissan IMx features the future sound of electric vehicles. Does it sound familiar?

Nissan has unveiled the sound future electric vehicles with it’s “Canto” concept, which was debuted on its IMx concept car the Toyko Motor Show.

Developed with pedestrian safety in mind, the unique sound varies in pitch and tone depending upon the vehicle driving conditions.

Daniele Schillaci, Nissan executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business, said: “An important element of Nissan Intelligent Mobility is how the vehicle integrates with society, and a crucial component of that is sound.”

“Canto” is derived from Latin for “I sing.”

Regulators are encouraging carmakers to increase the noise made by electric vehicles, with the EU ruling in 2014 that all new electric cars should make noise by 2019.

Remember the sound of those old THX certified VHS videos? Sound familiar perhaps? Share your comments below.

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