Electric Cars Have To Make Noise So They Don't Kill Us

Posted: Nov 16 2016, 6:14pm CST | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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Electric Cars Have to Make Noise So They Don't Kill Us
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Electric and hybrid cars are now required to produce a certain amount of noise when going at low speeds, according to a new law from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to The Verge, this is because the vehicles are so quiet that they are injuring pedestrians, especially people with vision impairments.

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular though they hardly make any noise. The only time you can hear them is when there is wind resistance or tire noises at higher speeds.

The new rule states that new electric cars weighing 10,000 pounds must make an audible noise when traveling forward of reverse at 19 MPH or less. Once the cars hit that speed, they tend to start making other audible noises that can pose a warning.

“We all depend on our senses to alert us to possible danger,” US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “With more, quieter hybrid and electrical cars on the road, the ability for all pedestrians to hear as well as see the cars becomes an important factor of reducing the risk of possible crashes and improving safety.”

Manufacturers will have until September 2019 to equip their vehicles, but half must be in compliance one year before that deadline. The mandate is issued as part of a pedestrian safety law passed by Congress in 2010 and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Advocates for the blind praised the law.

Eric Bridges, executive director of the American council of the Blind, said in a statement that it will “make our streets safer for blind and visually impaired Americans,” while Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said it “will protect all pedestrians, especially the blind, as well as cyclists.”

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