NHTSA Proposes Minimum Sound Standards for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

January 11, 2013 / No Comments

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed that hybrid and electric vehicles should meet a minimum amount of sound to ensure that they can be heard by all pedestrians.

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According to Ray LaHood, the US Transportation Secretary, safety is their first concern and they think that this proposal will help to keep the nation’s streets and roadways safe for everyone including the motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians, especially the blinds and cyclists.

At low speeds, the electric and hybrid vehicles make very little noise and this will make them difficult to detect. But by adding the proposed standard of minimum sound requirements would make them safe for everybody.

By following these standard sound measures pedestrians are able to detect the presence, direction and location of these electric and hybrid vehicles even when they are operating at low speeds.

The new proposal would allow the manufacturers to design different sounds for different models at the same time it will provide an opportunity for pedestrians, bicyclists and the blinds to detect and recognize a vehicle, says the NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.

NHTSA also estimated that after the implementation of this proposal the pedestrian and pedal-cyclist injuries in roads would be reduced by 2,800 for each hybrid vehicle.

Well, it is great idea to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. What do you think?