Once Again, Science Fiction Invents the Future

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This is an amazing concept in the conflux of automotive and audio. Nissan finds it necessary to add a safety feature to their upcoming electric car, Leaf. Because it runs so silently, it could be a danger to pedestrians. The solution? Have it make some noise, some music, some sweet future sound. The inspiration? The delightful aural buzz of the film Blade Runner. And as this article from the LA Times points out, it’s not a big leap to imagine a future of downloadable auto-tones as we now have ring-tones. Not the most pleasant imagining of the future, but could it really be worse than the cacophony of our landscape now? We’ll see, or rather, hear.

Photo: A futuristic car, or “spinner,” in the 1982 film “Blade Runner.”Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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