West Herr Nissan, the No. 1 Buffalo area Nissan dealer, is proud to announce future electric Nissan vehicles are being customized to make a safer world for all pedestrians. As you can imagine, vehicles are dangerous to those who can’t see them, and now with the new near-silent electric cars, they can be dangerous to those who can’t hear them.
Advocates for the blind are concerned about the new technology and how it might effect visually-impaired individuals as they walk through the streets. Nissan is concerned as well, so its new 2011 Nissan Leaf EV offers a creative solution: an artificial noises emitted while driving.
A ringing bell is sounded when the vehicle is backing up and a jet-like sound is sounded when moving forward. The sounds measure at 2.5 kHz at the high end of the spectrum to 600 Hz at the bottom which come from a synthesizer under the hood. Passengers are secluded from the sound within the cockpit by insulating layers thanks to the help of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Even though there are no laws mandating these devices in electric vehicles, but Nissan wanted to be proactive and help the blind community. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and legislators in Congress are currently working on legislation which would mandate noisemakers in electric vehicles. Here at Buffalo area Nissan dealership West Herr Nissan, customers will be able to purchase the first electric vehicles to put this technology to use.