Sound Alert Tech Helps The Distracted
Future Options Could Allow Owners to Customize Their Karma Sound
Yes, it’s a problem, and Karma cars has just presented their own unique solution. It’s easy to be checking your emails on your phone, and step off the curb, as electric cars make very little noise.
A unique exterior sound has been engineered into the new 2020 Revero GT to alert people that a car is nearby and provide the luxury electric vehicle with a special audible technology unique to the brand that created it.
Sound engineers at Southern California-based luxury electric automaker and high-tech incubator Karma Automotive developed their low-speed exterior audible sound in partnership with ECCO Safety Group, a global leader in safety and warning products based in Boise, Idaho.
Karma’s Director of Infotainment Systems and Connected Car, Joe Durre described the Revero GT’s exterior sound as a low-level, throaty-electric hum, like electronic audio tones heard in many futuristic movies or when an electric guitar is first plugged into an amplifier.
“It’s a sound that is uniquely Karma that our customers instantly recognize when the car is powered and driven at low speeds,” he explains. “Our sound alerts pedestrians that a car is nearby, something that is especially helpful for those who may be distracted, blind or visually-impaired, and gives our brand something that is very recognizable and satisfies government safety regulations.”
It’s also a tone, he says, that could be customizable in future products, especially vehicles that grow from Karma’s Project e-Klipse, a global all-electric vehicle platform being readied for 2021.
The 2020 Revero GT is available for preorders through Karma’s North American retail partners, with deliveries starting in the fourth quarter. The 2020 Karma Revero GT has a $135,000 MSRP.
With an MPGe rating of 71 miles, the car provides an overall range of up to 360 miles, with 80 miles of emissions-free all-electric driving.