It appears that Bmw has to make a big decision whether to add artificial sounds to its electric vehicles in order to make them safer and protect the pedestrians. According to our sources, Bmw’s main rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz already started to develop brand-specific sounds.
Bmw spokesman Tobias Hahn confirmed the fact that the electric cars developed by the Bavarian manufacturer (MINI and Bmw) are currently not carrying any active sound systems capable to add artificial noise at low speeds.
For those who don’t know, Bmw is already testing the MINI E electric vehicle in Europe, China and the United States, while the Bmw ActiveE prototype based o the smaller 1-Series coupe will be introduced in 2011. The firstEV production model will be launched in 2013.
"However we have been looking into possible technical solutions for a while and we would be able to add such a feature to our vehicles should this turn out to be a real problem,” he said in an e-mail reply to questions. “We are also cooperating with organizations for the visibly impaired in Germany." [via autonews - sub. required]