NHTSA wants EVs to sound out for blind pedestrians

  • 18-Jul-2011 03:39 EDT

In an early step to impose a requirement that vehicles operating in electric mode produce some kind of sound to alert blind people to their presence in low-speed situations such as at intersections, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is seeking comment. The comments are sought to help the agency prepare an environmental impact statement and to determine the scope of the issues and the alternatives to be examined. Once this "scoping" phase is complete, NHTSA will develop a notice of proposed rulemaking. Comments for the scoping phase are due Aug. 11 (instructions for submitting comments found at www.regulations.gov). SAE International's Hybrid Sound Task Force Committee is working on two related standards: J2889 Vehicle Sound Measurement at Low Speeds and J2889/1 Measurement of Minimum Noise Emitted by Road Vehicles.

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