Guide Dogs: Bark Of Approval To Jaguar I-Pace Pedestrian Safety System

OCT 14 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

Jaguar presents Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS)

Jaguar, in partnership with members of British charity Guide Dogs for the Blind, has developed an Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) for I-PACE electric cars to warn road users when the I-PACE is approaching at low speeds (up to 20 km/h).

This is not the first such system for EVs, as the first Nissan LEAF had something like this in 2010. However, in the case of Jaguar, it can’t be disengaged.

The safety sound should help visually impaired to recognize the presence of a moving car and avoid an accident. Many of us would opt to keep EVs silent, but the regulations will require manufacturers to use such systems.

“With no engine sound, the electric Jaguar I-PACE required a new way to warn blind, visually impaired and other vulnerable road users it is approaching at low speed.

Jaguar has designed a unique Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) for its first EV that meets and exceeds all forthcoming global legislation. Jaguar’s engineers have developed a sound that can be heard at speeds up to 20km/h and exceeds the 56dB(A) minimum required by forthcoming European legislation – the strictest in the world – for all new EVs from July 2019.

The I-PACE’s sound was tested by members of Guide Dogs for the Blind, the UK’s leading charity for people affected by sight loss, as part of the testing undertaken by Jaguar. It also marks the start of an on-going relationship between the two organisations.”

Interestingly, the sound needs to be deliberate as Jaguar found out that pedestrians were looking up to the sky, rather than at the road when the approaching vehicle was generating a noise inspired by the sound of sci-fi spacecraft.

The current Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) is the fruit of four years of development.

“Jaguar’s engineers worked for four years to develop a soundtrack that is audible yet discreet and cannot be heard from inside the vehicle. Initial attempts to create a noise inspired by the sound of sci-fi spacecraft had to be shelved after pedestrians reacted by looking up to the sky, rather than at the road, as the vehicle approached.

Engineers tested sounds in a number of environments, including an anechoic chamber (specialist echo-free room) and various urban scenarios, before settling on the final sound for the I-PACE. It is emitted from a speaker located behind the front grille, can be heard in every direction and cannot be disengaged.

The alert increases in pitch and volume in line with the speed of the vehicle and, when in reverse, is accompanied by an additional tone that indicates the change in direction. AVAS is not required at higher speeds as there is sufficient wind and tyre noise for pedestrians to hear the zero-emissions vehicle approaching.”

Iain Suffield, Jaguar NVH Technical Specialist, said:

“The absence of traditional engine noise from electric vehicles creates a problem for vulnerable pedestrians, such as the blind or visually impaired. This is especially true at low speeds in town centres and car parks. We developed the Audible Vehicle Alert System for the I-PACE to ensure the safety of all road users. Our potentially life-saving technology cannot be switched off and as the leading charity for people with sight loss, we are pleased to have the support of Guide Dogs to ensure real people are at the heart of our product testing.”

John Welsman, Policy Business Partner (Travel & Mobility), Guide Dogs for the Blind, said:

“There are two million children and adults living in the UK affected by sight loss. That is why Guide Dogs campaigned hard to make it compulsory for quiet vehicles to have sound generating systems built in and turned on, including when the vehicle is stationary at a pedestrian crossing. We applaud Jaguar for being the first to launch an EV which meets standards before the new legislation even comes in and look forward to working with the company more in the future.”

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12 Comments on "Guide Dogs: Bark Of Approval To Jaguar I-Pace Pedestrian Safety System"

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Leo B

“Our potentially life-saving technology cannot be switched off”

European legislation requires an off-switch in the cabin.
(EU 540/2014 Article II.2 (b): “The AVAS shall be fitted with a switch which is easily accessible by the vehicle driver in order to allow engaging and disengaging. Upon restarting the vehicle, AVAS shall default to the switched on position.” )

dan

It should automatically disengage airbags and seatbelts as well if it is switched off. Why do European regulations allow for pedestrian safety features to be switched off by a driver? There is no incentive to keep it on.

amt

I have the Out Most Respect & Admiration for These Loyal, Intelligent ,Tireless, and Benevellent Human Like, Plus, Creatures , They are True Hero’s , In Every Sense.

Dima

This is really important. Even as a person with 20/20 eyesight, I often use sounds in order to sense if there are cars nearby.

People boast about the quietness of EVs. But this is actually extremely dangerous – although very easy to fix, by adding a sound generator to the cars.

Derek

They are only quiet at low speeds, the faster you go, the more road noise you create from the tires. Blind people are a very very small minority, and so I would prefer EV’s to not get noise makers. After I bought my Leaf last year, I quickly learned how to turn off that fake garbage.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Funny, I just follow the advice I was given growing up. Pay attention, look both ways, don’t cross on bends.

Rick Kop

Depending on how loud this is, or not, could definitely be a dealbreaker for me.

JoeInTheUK

Do you mean loud inside or outside ? The article quotes Jag as saying that it cannot be heard in the cabin.
And it shouldn’t be at all,difficult to play anti sound (like noise cancelling headphones) inside to cancel it out.

Bill Howland

Hehehe, “We’ve been working for 4 years to develop a Space Sound that cannot be heard inside the vehicle…”.

So they were waiting for the up to 15 mph space man sound coming from the BOLT ev and are doing something along those lines.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Bill Howland

There was an article several years back about a New Zealand animal shelter where dogs had been formerly abandoned. The Shelter personnel thought it would be a great idea to showcase the dogs’ high intelligence, so they implemented a program training the dogs to drive a car with an automatic transmission, power brakes and power steering.

They first had to put the dogs on a ‘trainer’ that worked more acceptably with a dog’s paw that would tend to “PAT” something as opposed to grab a knob or lever as a human would more naturally do.

They assembled a fleet of used cars modified with the ‘ pat compatible ‘ shifter, as well as a slight steering wheel modification that made it much easier for the dog to turn the steering wheel.

This is a great opportunity for training the dogs to operate a modified Electric Vehicle – 2 separate groups could get publicity at the same time.

After all, they’ve already trained some animals to fetch the 100 foot extension cord to recharge the vehicle :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv3Vc9yIrO8

Move over “POLE POSITION”… Here’s “Paw Position”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eJ4WxEXpac

The biggest insurmountable problem to date has been what to do if the dog happens to spot a Rabbit.

phEVfan

This is great but not for the reason intended. I’ve found idiots with their faces buried in their “smart” phones to be far worse than any blind or sight impaired people. Phones take all attention away from the other senses. Blind and visually impaired people use their other senses to compensate, so they actually hear the cars approaching. Maybe someone needs to write an app for the phoneheads that listens for them and warns them of their ignorance.

Loboc

I prefer the one on my 2013 Volt. Just pull back on a lever and it beeped the horn. But nicely. Worked for people on their phones at stop lights as well. Green means go dammit.