Nissan’s electric cars ‘sing’ to replace engine noise

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Futuristic electric cars from Nissan could sing to warn pedestrians of approaching vehicles, using melodic sounds to replace the noise of petrol engines.

The Japanese carmaker has demonstrated its “Canto” car song, derived from the Latin word for sing, which uses an electronic buzz rather than the recognisable sound from petrol engines. 

Electric vehicles are so quiet at low speeds that they can go unnoticed by pedestrians, and Nissan was the first to introduce artificial car sounds for its electric vehicles with the popular Nissan Leaf in 2011.

The Canto will change the sound Nissan cars make while driving, varying in pitch and tone depending on whether the vehicle is accelerating, decelerating or reversing, almost sounding like electronic music.

The Japanese carmaker debuted the sound with its IMx concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, which would use the Canto car song and have a range of 600 kilometers of autonomous operation.

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