A “lullaby for the electric car” has been created by scientists to mimic the sounds of a typical combustion engine and help babies fall asleep during a drive. More than half of parents say they take their young children out in the car to help them nod off, a study by Nissan found. They say the soothing combination of motion and sound is what helps the infants drift off – but the sound part isn’t available for owners of electric vehicles. To solve the issue, sound designer and sleep coach Tom Middleton created a lullaby which imitates the hum of a gas or diesel engine. He has created an album of five three minute tracks made from a combination of white, pink and brown noise that creates a hypnotic soundscape. The tracks on the album include sounds heard in any normal gas or diesel engine drive – keys, indicators, accelerating and braking. It was recorded in a special acoustic chamber in Bedfordshire, England using a Nissan Qashqai and a Nissan LEAF to gather the sounds. The designers say parents can then play the album to their children in the car while they are driving around trying to get them to fall asleep.
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