Science Fiction Dictionary
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

Audi E-Sound Gives Electric Cars A Voice

Audi's E-Sound for electric cars was three years in the making; listen to this e-sound video for the latest in automotive noise.


(Audi E-Sound video)

"Audi's adding sound to its electric car models with its synthetic solution called Audi E-Sound. This replicated auto noise was developed not just to give cars audio appeal, but also to ensure pedestrian safety.

"Driving in a very silent car, you may drive too fast because you think you are not driving the speed you are doing," Dr. Ralf Kunkel, Head of Audi Acoustics. "Pedestrians do not recognize that there is a car coming."

Science fiction fans heard this one coming a mile away - well, a generation early, anyway. In his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Robert Heinlein introduces the idea of an automotive sound tape for otherwise silent cars.

Starting about 2150 or a little bit earlier... supreme swank for an Iowa farmer was to own and drive a working replica of a twentieth century "automobile" personal transport vehicle. Of course not a vehicle moved by means of internal explosions of a derivative of rock oil: Even the People's Republic of South Africa had laws against placing poisons in the air. But with its Shipstone concealed and a sound tape to supply the noise of a soi-disant "IC" engine, the difference between a working replica and a real "automobile" was not readily apparent.

You might want to check out some of the reader comments on this idea when it was first introduced; see comments on 'What Should Electric Cars Sound Like?'.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/16/2012)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )

Related News Stories - (" Vehicle ")

Tesla Vs... Domino's? The Race For Autonomous Vehicles
'...some bored drone pusher in a remote driving centre has got your life - and half a dozen other lives - in his hands.' - Charles Stross, 2007.

Musk Claims Sublimity For Future Summon Feature
'Once we move summon... to a single FSD stack, it will be sublime.' - Elon Musk, 2021.

AirCar Completes Flight, Transforms Into Groundcar
'... straight ahead stood a row of transparent objects that had to be the air-cars.' - Harry Bates, 1934

IconicSounds Electric - BMW EV Scored By Hans Zimmer
'...and a sound tape to supply the noise.' - Robert Heinlein, 1985.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

Science Fiction Timeline
1600-1899
1900-1939
1940's   1950's
1960's   1970's
1980's   1990's
2000's   2010's

Current News

Hundreds Of Covid-Catching AI Tools - None Help
'Plagues had been known to slay too rapidly and universally to be checked by human treatment.'

Robot Snakes Now With Partitioned Gait
'The coil on the table appeared to be a snake...'

Will The Super Bowl Go To Pay Per View?
'...this afternoon’s football game cost each person who had one of the television screens one dollar for the privilege.'

Force Fields Of Directed Energy Wanted By USAF
'The downrushing bombs bounced off the cone-curtain of light as though from an invisible rubber wall.'

Israel Okays Third Covid Shot For Seniors
'All the vaccination shots up and down his arms, on his thighs and buttocks...'

Tesla Vs... Domino's? The Race For Autonomous Vehicles
'...some bored drone pusher in a remote driving centre has got your life - and half a dozen other lives - in his hands.'

SpaceX Starship A Giant Space Telescope?
'He used the great telescope which was built into the main axis of the ship...'

Florida Man Felt Harassed By Drone, Shoots It Down
'...a kid bounced a missile off a golden ball.'

Watch A Man Swallow A Robot
These just keep getting better.

Space Traffic Management (STM) Needs Action
'Approaching Earth, he called over the patrol frequency and asked for a parking orbit...'

Boring Company Bricks Predicted In 1929
'... used to make building blocks for these invaders.'

Hovering F-22 Raptor Predicted in 1929 (Sort Of)
'... it was so easy for me to remain motionless in midair.'

Musk Claims Sublimity For Future Summon Feature
'Once we move summon... to a single FSD stack, it will be sublime.'

Is A Hollow Rotating Asteroid Habitat Practical?
'Inside, the centrifugal force gives an acceleration just equal to one earth gravity...'

AirCar Completes Flight, Transforms Into Groundcar
'... straight ahead stood a row of transparent objects that had to be the air-cars.'

Wandering Sunless Planets Seen By Kepler Telescope
'...the rocky barrenness of a wandering sunless planet.'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.