Congress Steps In – Hybrid Cars Are Too Quiet

2011 Chevrolet Volt exhibited at the 2010 Wash...
Image via Wikipedia

Congress has just added a “noise requirement” clause for hybrid and electric cars to its auto safety bill. Such vehicles, according to the requirement, would have to generate some form of artificial noise to alert blind pedestrians and other visually-impaired individuals.

“This is an example of too much of a good thing,” said John Pare, executive director for strategic initiatives with the National Federation of the Blind, in statement “Cars got quieter, that was good. Suddenly they got to be so quiet that it added an element of danger.” In a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), hybrid vehicles, in low speed accidents, were twice as likely to be involved in accidents as their gas-only counterparts.

Various automakers, who helped shape the sound requirement, have already installed various kinds of alert systems in their hybrid and electric vehicles. The upcoming Nissan LEAF EV, for example, emits a whir that changes pitch as the vehicle accelerates. The Chevy Volt, on the other hand, uses a horn sound to get pedestrian’s attention. And both Toyota and Ford are looking into such systems for their quiet vehicles.

Read more here.

James Hickshttp://about.me/jameshicks
James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

More from author

Leave a Reply!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Advertisment

Categories

Latest posts

Surprising Reasons to Consider Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help. They can help if you were...

Hassle-Free Word To PDF Conversion With PDFBear

We all work with different file formats every day. Sometimes, our tasks require us to convert file formats into other ones. A...

The 3 Simple Ways to Promote Your Business Online

Marketing strategies are crucial to any business or company. Your goal is to reach a wide range of audiences and convert them...

Want to stay up to date with the latest news?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and we will stay in touch. It's that simple!