I-Pace is the first electric car to feature an audible pedestrian alert system tuned specifically for the visually impaired
Tom Morgan, Online Reviews Editor
11 October 2018

It has been revealed that the Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) fitted to the Jaguar I-Pace electric car is the first to have been specifically tuned for the visually impaired.

Many electric cars already emit a noise to warn pedestrians of their presence, and AVAS systems are set to become a legal requirement when European legislation comes into effect in 2019.

The sound emitted by the I-Pace was developed and tested with help from members of UK charity Guide Dogs for the Blind and exceeds the 56dB(A) minimum volume level required by the upcoming EU rules.

"We developed the Audible Vehicle Alert System for the I-Pace to ensure the safety of all road users," Jaguar NVH technical specialist Iain Suffield said. “Our potentially life-saving technology cannot be switched off, and we are pleased to have the support of Guide Dogs, as the leading charity for people with sight loss, to ensure real people are at the heart of our product testing.”

The system is permanently enabled and activates at speeds of up to 12mph, with sound generated from a speaker hidden behind the car's front grille. The alert rises in pitch and volume as speed increases, and an additional tone indicates a change in direction when the car is put in reverse.

AVAS systems are not legally required at higher speeds, as wind noise and road noise are deemed to be sufficient warnings of an approaching car.

According to Jaguar, the sound can't be heard by the driver and passengers inside the I-Pace. It took four years to develop, with initial plans for a spaceship-style noise shelved after test subjects looked up to the sky instead of the road.

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11 October 2018

" initial plans for a spaceship-style noise shelved after test subjects looked up to the sky instead of the road."

 

:D

11 October 2018

"It took four years to develop, with initial plans for a spaceship-style noise shelved after test subjects looked up to the sky instead of the road." What noise were they developing? Something akin to the opening scene of Star Wars when a star destroyer roars overhead? Or something from Lost in Space perhaps?

11 October 2018
If people are looking up at the sky expecting to see a UFO spaceship, I think being run over by a Jaguar I-Pace should be the least of their worries.

11 October 2018

My PHEV has an erie clangers metallic noise. You can't hear it in the car.

Its funny how you become tuned into it, if I am outside I can hear my wife coming back in it before it comes around the corner and turns into my close, quite some distance.

But when asked many people don't seem to be aware of hearing anything, so I suspect this type of noise is of limited use and maybe Jag are onto something. That said, no one has ever looked not the sky when I drive up!!

11 October 2018

Oh crap.

One of the delights of electric cars is now being ruined. This is going to be hideous.

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