Korean automotive supplier Hyundai Mobis has developed an artificial engine sound system using the grill cover of the electric vehicle for the first time in the world. Acoustic Vehicle Alert Sound (AVAS) is a speaker system that produces a sound outside of the vehicle so that pedestrians can sense an oncoming environmentally-friendly car that emits almost no noise.
Hyundai Mobis used the cover itself as a component of the speakers, and developed a new system as a result.
Governments around the world are making the artificial engine sound system mandatory to prevent accidents involving pedestrians from becoming more common as environmentally-friendly cars are too quiet.
Kim Tae-woo, head of IVI Product Design Team 2 of Hyundai Mobis, says: “Hyundai Mobis succeeded in reducing the weight by 2/3 and the size by half. We simplified the structure and lowered the price by reducing the number of components by more than half, and eliminated the bracket or housing, which fastens different devices, to easily secure space.”
Hyundai Mobis is the 7th largest leading automotive supplier in the world. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. It currently has more than 30,000 employees and manufactures in more than 30 regions in 10 countries.