BMW is considering options to add artificial sounds to its range of upcoming electric-vehicles to make them safer for pedestrians, especially blind pedestrians. Rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz said that they are already developing sounds for their upcoming electric-cars and Nissan and Infiniti have already unveiled their solutions for EVs so they don’t pose a threat to people when traveling at low speeds. BMW and Mini prototype electric cars currently don’t have any active sound system, said BMW spokesman Tobias Hahn.
“However we have been looking into possible technical solutions for a while and we would be able to add such a feature to our vehicles should this turn out to be a real problem,” he said “We are also cooperating with organizations for the visibly impaired in Germany.”
BMW currently has a Mini E prototype and a BMW ActiveE prototype, which is based on the 1-Series Coupe. The first BMW electric model is slated for series production in 2013 under the Megacity Vehicle project.
Refresher: The BMW ActiveE is powered by a synchronous electric-motor making 170-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A full charge takes about 4.5 hours allowing a driving range of 100 miles.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Automotive News