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Audi developing powertrain sound of the future for R8 e-tron

Audi knows sound, and it wants its upcoming plug-in cars to have as distinctive a grumble as possible, just like its fossil-fuel-burning brethren. That's why Audi engineers are working on "new sound signatures" for future e-tron models. You can tell how seriously Audi is taking this by the way it references the sounds a car makes to music and "emotional sound structures" in the press release John Neff

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Audi developing e-sound to tell pedestrians, "Hey, that's an e-tron"

Audi knows from sound, and it wants its upcoming plug-in cars to have as distinctive a grumble as possible, just like its fossil-fuel-burning brethren. That's why Audi engineers are working on "new sound signatures" for future e-tron models. You can tell how seriously Audi is taking this by the way it references the sounds a car makes to music and "emotional sound structures" in the press release Sebastian Blanco

Report: UK government says Nissan Leaf's pedestrian warning system has to go

Late last year, Nissan unveiled its "Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians" (VSP), a technical name for the noise-adding system found on the automaker's Leaf electric vehicle. Introduction of a pedestrian warning system on near-silent vehicles like the Leaf has been the subject of muc

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delay due to modifications of virtual engine sound

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Delphi develops pair of sound generators for EVs, hybrids

Back in December of 2010, the U.S. Senate, followed shortly thereafter by the House of Representatives, voted to approve the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010. This required hybrids and plug-in vehicles t

BMW mulls addition of pedestrian warning system for electric vehicles

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House follows Senate; passes noise bill for EVs, hybrids

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to approve a measure that would require hybrids and plug-in vehicles to emit a sound to warn nearby pedestrians. After approving the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, a measure backed by Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Senate handed it over to th

Senate unanimously rules in favor of noisy hybrids, electric cars

Regardless of whether or not there's an actual need for pedestrian warning systems for hybrid and electric vehicles, the U.S. Senate has voted unanimously to approve a measure that would make the noise-adding setup standard on all vehicles that can operate – even if just momentarily – without the burble of an engine.

Senate unanimously rules in favor of noisy hybrids, electric cars

Regardless of whether or not there's an actual need for the pedestrian warning systems that continue to pop up on hybrid and electric vehicles, the U.S. Senate has voted (unanimously) to approve a measure that would make the noise-adding setup standard on all vehicles th

Infiniti turns up hybrid volume with pedestrian warning system

Recently, Nissan unveiled its "Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians" (VSP), a technical name for the noise-adding system found on the automaker's Leaf electric vehicle. Introduction of the VSP system on the Leaf and similar setups found on vehicles like the Eric Loveday