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    Nissan would make its electric cars sing to alert pedestrians

    by Mahesh Yadav on Monday, Jan 01 0001

    New electric vehicle concepts are the focal points at any international auto show, and similarly the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show is also witnessing a plethora of EV concepts. Japanese automaker Nissan has also introduced a new electric vehicle concept at the event, named as the IMx. The new Nissan IMx seems to be a nice electric car concept and pretty much standard going by the trend that the various other advanced EV concepts from other manufacturers are setting. The IMx is an all-electric crossover with a very neat interior that is done with huge OLED displays and fine wood grain elements to offer a nice mix of classy and futuristic geeky appeal. The new IMx concept is also claimed to offer a great range of 600 kilometer or 372 miles on a single charge and it is also promised to be very powerful with more than 400 hp. Moreover, the EV will obviously be empowered by the company’s autonomous driving technology called the ProPilot.

    All the above mentioned features seem nothing very different than the other stunning EV concepts being showcased lately. However, the new Nissan IMx electric concept’s unique feature is that it will be singing to make its presence felt on the roads. Yes, that’s right, ‘Sing’. Electric vehicles are known to be very quiet and don’t have the engine noise like the combustion engines. Being very quiet, the electric vehicles pose as a safety concern for the pedestrians and other road users, as they are unaware about the approach of the EVs. As a solution to this very quiet problem of the EVs Nissan would make its electric cars sing. Nissan says that the IMx “sings” to let people know that it is coming. Not only the IMx, but all the future EV models from Nissan will be coming with this singing capability.

    Nissan calls its suite of sounds for its future EVs, “Canto”, the Spanish word literally meaning “I Sing.” However, Nissan has not revealed many details about the Canto and how actually it works. The Japanese auto major has simply said that the system will automatically activate sound at speed levels of up to 20 to 30 km per hour or depending on the requirements in market.  


    Nevertheless, although the Canto is innovative, it is not the first of its kinds, as few automakers like Porsche has already thought of embracing their EVs with some noise-making device even before NHTSA announced that it requires EVs to makes sounds at 19 mph. Automakers which are specifically focusing on fully autonomous electric car are also exploring visual communications through large exterior display panels.


    As for now, Nissan has released a promo video for Canto, which doesn’t give full understanding of what the EV will be actually sounding like in reality. However, it sounds somewhat similar to some known computer startup sounds and not actually a song.

    However, it is too early to comment on the Canto, as a whole lot can change when Nissan actually produces an EV that uses the system.




    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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