The newest craze in the automotive industry is creating a safety hazard for pedestrians. Electric and hybrid car manufacturers have been struggling for a decade with the question of how to fix the safety hazard created by the minimal noise these cars make. It turns out that adding fake noise is the answer.
Announced in November 2016, by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) a new safety standard requires all newly manufactured hybrid and electric vehicles to produce audible noise at low speeds.
This rule will be applied to any vehicle 4500 Kg or less. It will be required that they have to make noise when moving forward or backwards and only when travelling up to 30 kilometres per hour. Higher speeds than this generate tire and wind noise, provide an adequate audible warning to pedestrians.
Until next time, have a great Friday
The Corporate Commuter