Cars passing silently might be the sci-fi fantasy, but in reality it makes them a genuine hazard for pedestrians and cyclists.
According to The Times, the European Commission is considering how much of a danger these silent vehicles are and hopes to have a clear idea by 2012.
Warwick University will begin testing sounds this month. Warwick’s Paul Jennings said: “We will have a week with music and weeks with natural sounds, engine noise and also with engine sounds.
“We need to find noises which alert people to the approaching vehicle without causing the annoyance people already feel when they hear the bleeping sounds of reversing trucks.”
So, the prospect of a Nissan Leaf with a thundering V12 soundtrack, or a G-Wiz sounding like a Star Wars podracer could become a reality.
What sounds would you like to hear?