Should Electric Cars Go Whoosh or Vroom?

By Gary Cutlack on at

Electric car makers have until 2019 to decide what kinds of sounds their vehicles should project to warn pedestrians of their approach, when it becomes compulsory for EVs sold inside the EU to make some sort of vrooming sound. And some developers are already on the case.

Progamming house UsTwo, which has more of a history in the gaming and app world but never mind, has prepared a few concepts of EV alert systems. They've opted to combine whooshing with vrooming and beeping, creating a choice of soundscapes for the cars of the future. Like these:

They've also done some experiments in VR too, to give us a better idea of how the cars respond to pedestrians in the real world. [Soundcloud via Design Week]

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