I Wish Tesla and Nissan Also Had This Feature That Kia Niro EV Has
Electric vehicles have one big problem that needs to be addressed. It's a pedestrian safety issue and related to silent powertrains that EVs use.
As you know electric cars use a silent powertrain. When pedestrians get closer and for some reason don't see the EV approaching from behind they will not hear the sound of that EV, which puts their lives in danger of the driver's attention is diverted to something else.
Finally, Kia became the first EV producer that decided to address this issue. The new Kia Niro EV, which is revealed at the 2018 CES, among other good features also has front speakers. The car will recognize pedestrians and use the front speakers to warn them that a vehicle is approaching.
This new feature in the 2018 Kia Niro EV is called Active Pedestrian Warning System. This warning system is a combination of several things. it combines Niro EV's camers, object recognition technology and the car's front speakers. As a result it recognizes the pedestrians and warns them of its presence. Installing front spakers with Active Pedestrian Warning System addresses an issue with electric cars, which have a silent powertrain which can make them harder to hear.
Yes, Front Speakrs on All EVs
It would be great if all electric cars had this feature. You probably have noticed that if you stand next to a Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3 or Model S you won't hear any sound when they move. Their powertrain is electric and it makes it silent. So why not putting a special pedestrian recognition system and few front speakers to automatically notify pedestrians of their approach. Let's address this huge problem with all EVs.
Niro EV's Range and Charing
Besides this huge single improvement the 2018 Kia Niro EV has an impressive mileage. On a single charge the Niro EV will achieve 238 miles of range, powered by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack and paired with a strong 150 kW electric motor. Also, the fast charging will allow the car to drive 115 miles in just 30 minutes of charging.
Would you like to have front speakers on all EVs that would warn the pedestrians of their presence? I would like to seem them on Teslas, Leafs and Chevy Bolts. Please let us hear from you in the comments section below. If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.
Update: I just learned that a law goes into effect in 2019 which requires all EVs to make a noise. Also, I am told that The Gen 2 Chevy Volt has a white noise generator on the front end that makes an unmistakable noise whenever the car is 'in gear' and standing still or going under 30 mph. Over 30 mph, it shuts down.