The companies electric cars will ‘sing’ in the future thanks to ‘Canto’
Nissan’s electric cars will ‘sing’ in the future thanks to smart new sound-generating technology which the company has named ‘Canto’.
The new technology will operate at speeds of 0-30kph (25 mph) and will alert pedestrians in towns and cities up and down the country.
The Word ‘Canto’ is derived from the Latin for ‘I sing’ and will be much more than just a simple whirr or bleep to alert pedestrians. According to Nissan, the sound will vary in both tone and pitch and will depend on what the car is doing, either slowing down, accelerating or reversing.
The smart new technology is a development of Nissan’s ‘Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians’ system that the company have been working on since 2010.
Vice president for Nissan electric cars Daniele Schillaci, said: “An important element of Nissan Intelligent Mobility is how the vehicle integrates with society, and a crucial component of that is sound.”
Nissan ‘Canto’ will not only help with pedestrian safety but provide them with their own unique sound.
The sound will be neither too loud or annoying says Nissan, just clearly audible “without being overly disturbing to pedestrians, residents and passengers”.
Electric vehicles are silent when running and for that reason from September 2019, all EVs in the US and Europe that weigh less than 4.5 tonnes must emit an audible warning sound at speeds below 19mph.
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