Infiniti warns pedestrians

Time 9:11 am, November 20, 2010

m35hINFINITI’S M35h will be the world’s first hybrid to feature a pedestrian warning system as standard when it goes on sale in 2011.

The ‘high performance hybrid model’ features Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians –  a computer controlled system which links an in-car sound synthesiser with a speaker built in to the front bumper.

It automatically works from start-up to 30 km/h, cutting back in at 25 km/h as the vehicle slows.

The news comes after much debate recently as to the safety of electric cars and hyrbids on UK roads – Audi, for instance, is looking to Hollywood for its E-tron range of electric cars.

Infiniti’s new system uses a range of  high and low sounds at different volume levels to denote different speeds; an intermittent tone is used when reversing.

The 302bhp, 3.5-litre petrol V6 M35h is linked to a 68bhp electric motor, and gets to 62,ph in 5.9 seconds. The Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians will be standard throughout the range which is expected to go on sale in 6 months time.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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