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August 18, 2015

JAPAN: Nissan collaborates on EV pedestrian alert technology

Nissan says it has collaborated with ten other members in the creation of a potential next generation pedestrian alert technology.

Nissan says it has collaborated with ten other members in the creation of a potential next generation pedestrian alert technology.

The system produces targetable audible cues to alert pedestrians and other vulnerable road users to the presence of a nearby EV, whilst having minimal impact on noise pollution levels.

Pedestrian alert technology is currently a hot topic, as growing sales of EVs have led to discussions concerning the pros and cons of quiet EVs.

As one of the manufacturers in the EV market and developer of the Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP), fitted as standard equipment to all Nissan EVs, Nissan has made this area of research a priority.

David Quinn, Nissan’s e-VADER Project Leader said: “Pedestrian safety is of the utmost importance to Nissan, which is why we already have a pedestrian alert installed in our EVs as a preventative measure.

“As leaders in the EV market, we were keen to use our experience to examine possible systems for future development in this field.

Our objective has been to find an optimum balance between ensuring the cars are detectable, while retaining the reduction in noise pollution, which is one of the great benefits that our EVs offer.”

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