The European Parliament has just mandated that electric and hybrid cars must add acoustic vehicle alerting systems by 2019.

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.

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