We all know electric cars are better for the environment – not least for pedestrians walking by busy roads – and they are silent too. But this raises its own set of problems which Jaguar has claimed to have solved a year ahead of upcoming global noise regulations.
With no engine sound, the electric Jaguar I-PACE – due in Australia later this month priced at around $120,000, plus on roads – required a new way to warn blind, visually impaired and other vulnerable road users when approaching at low speed.
Initially Jaguar developed a sci-fi type of noise – rather like a spacecraft approaching – but found pedestrians often looked up to the sky when they heard it, not the road.
So, Jaguar has designed what they call Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) for its first EV and they claim it meets and exceeds all upcoming global legislation.
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Tony Bosworth writes for www.TheDriven.io and RenewEconomy.com.au. He has 35 years experience in journalism, and has been instrumental in launching and editing several automotive magazines including Which Car? magazine in the UK.