What pedestrian sounds does the full electric Mercedes EQC SUV ?
Pedestrian safety with the circulation of electric vehicles is a major technology, since the zero noise generated by the BEVs is quite dangerous for pedestrians in the city and can easily be caused an accident.
In the Video below you can see how the special sound for pedestrians works in the Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV.
The sound experts of the acoustic test facility at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre (MTC) in Sindelfingen are working on giving a sound to the electrified vehicles to meet the European Union new safety norm, the company said in a release.
Special microphones are being installed in in the exterior to develop an individually configured e-sound for each electric model. The device will be activated to produce sound when the vehicle is moving at 20kmph or lower speed. According to the EU norms, the acoustic warning is mandatory for upto a speed of 20 km/h.
A new EU Directive formulates installation of the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) in newly certified, hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles – including trucks and buses for the protection of other road users.
Electric vehicle warning sounds are sounds designed to alert pedestrians to the presence of electric drive vehicles such as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs) travelling at low speeds.
The Mercedes-Benz AVAS sound differs for different markets like EU, Japan and China. Switching off the AVAS by the customer is prohibited in almost all countries.