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Fake Engine Roars Will Protect The Blind From Electric Cars

Fake Engine Roars Will Protect The Blind From Electric Cars
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The European Parliament has just mandated that electric and hybrid cars must add acoustic vehicle alerting systems by 2019.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 9 april 2014

Electric and hybrid vehicles can be so silent that you won’t know one’s coming until you see it, and that can be dangerous for blind and visually-impaired pedestrians and cyclists as well.

The European Parliament has just ruled that electric vehicles and hybrid cars have to be fitted with fake engine sounds so that people will hear them coming. The mandate aims to make streets safer for everyone, especially the blind and visually-impaired.

Car manufacturers have five years to add acoustic vehicle alerting systems, which mimic the sound of car engines, to electric and hybrid cars.

Previous proposals have only called for voluntary installation of artificial sound systems, but an amendment making it mandatory was successfully introduced and the Parliament and Council have voted to make it so.

The European Parliament has also voted to decrease the noise of cars, buses, vans and coaches by four decibels, and that of trucks by three decibels.

[h/t] Daily Mail, Grist

Image: PlugInAmerica via Compfight CC BY-SA 2.0

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