With accidents said to cause by the Toyota Prius being too quiet that pedestrians are not aware of there is actually a car near them. Toyota has come out with a solution for it. Yesterday, Toyota announced in Toyota City, Japan that from 30th August, Prius owner are able to purchase a device that stimulate the engine sound outside the car.
The device will automatically emits a sound of an electric motor when the Prius is about 25km/h and above, the sound is aim to alert pedestrians that there’s a vehicle nearby. The sound will falls and rises in pitch depending on the Toyota Prius Speed thus help to stimulate a more “real” engine sound. This simple device with a speaker inside the Prius front bumper will be also equipped in other hybrids or electric cars that Toyota will launch in future. The device is currently applicable to the Third-generation Toyota Prius and is selling at 12,600 yen in Japan ( excluding installation and other fees) and in today’s exchange rate would be RM475.52 . Check out the video of the demonstration below, as part of the video – Toyota trying to prove the sound does not add much noise to the cabin and it can be switch on or off. I wish they could allow us to select what type of engine sound too..Lexus LFA engine sound perhaps?