One of the largest issues with electric-cars is the lack of ‘engine’ noise they make, which poses a threat to pedestrians on the road that don’t look both ways before crossing the road or that have vision-impairment. Audi, not being the first to tackle the issue in this way, is working on developing ‘synthetic’ engine noises for its upcoming e-tron models.
The Audi R8 e-tron will be the first electric-car from the brand and will hit markets later this year.
Audi promises that it has carefully crafted ‘engine noise’ that promises to be ‘well-rounded and harmonious.’ The system is a bit cleverer than other ones since it measures the electric-motor’s rotational speed to determine the amount of noise it producer. The sound is played through a loudspeaker that is attached to the undercarriage.
“Because we here at Audi are all automotive experts, we have a great advantage over sound specialists elsewhere,” said Dr. Ralf Kunkel.
“The e-sound by Audi may be artificial, but it is authentic,” Audi said in a statement.
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