NIS­SAN’S SOUND OF SI­LENCE

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

THERE’S no doubt elec­tric ve­hi­cles are on their way around the globe.

But they’re silent, so Nis­san has in­tro­duced what it calls ‘canto’ at the re­cent Tokyo Mo­tor show: the fu­ture sound of its elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles.

“An im­por­tant el­e­ment of Nis­san In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity is how the ve­hi­cle in­te­grates with so­ci­ety, and a cru­cial com­po­nent of that is sound,” com­pany spokeslass Daniele Schillaci said.

“Canto has been de­vel­oped to help with pedes­trian safety, as well as to pro­vide a dis­tinct Nis­san sound, one that is en­er­gis­ing and con­fi­dent, au­then­tic to our brand and rep­re­sent­ing our unique po­si­tion in the elec­tri­fied mar­ket­place.”

Canto is de­rived from Latin for ‘I sing’.

The sound varies in tone and pitch depend­ing on whether the ve­hi­cle is ac­cel­er­at­ing, de­cel­er­at­ing or back­ing up.

The sound is ac­ti­vated at speeds of up to 20 to 30km/h, depend­ing on mar­ket­place re­quire­ments.

Nis­san says it cre­ated Canto with the aim of de­vel­op­ing an alert sound, but it is also de­signed to en­rich the au­ral en­vi­ron­ment of the typ­i­cal city street with a dis­tinct Nis­san flair.

The level of the sound will be clearly au­di­ble, with­out be­ing overly dis­turb­ing to pedes­tri­ans, res­i­dents and pas­sen­gers. What does it sound like? Quite a lot like a tram bell, but a tad more melodic, with ‘dis­tinct Nis­san flair.’

One of Nis­san's Can­toe­quipped elec­tric cars.

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