Thanks to tighter safety regulations, electric vehicle manufacturers are required to fit noise-making devices to their street legal cars to reduce the number of visually impaired pedestrian fatalities, which doesn’t sound completely unreasonable, but what may sound (no pun intended) somewhat unreasonable is the resources currently being spent to broadcast artificial sound back into electric and gas powered vehicles to circumvent the existing sound deadening designed into the car. BMW offers this system for their M5 and Mini for their lineup, to name a couple.
Daimler employs a staff of 250 to complete this task. These folks were not originally employed for this particular objective, but they are now spending a significant portion of their time tuning interior sound (from the car’s sound system) from combustion engine recordings. This is just one of many of the overhead costs included in the purchase of one of their Smart cars or Mercedes cars.
– By: Sawyer Sutton