WASHIHGTON (Ap) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday proposed allowing automakers to offer a wide variety of sound choices for use in electric vehicles and other quiet cars ” to choose from, be alert for pedestrians.
FILE PHOTO: Joe Young, a media relations officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), shows a head-on collision to avoid a test at one end of 2018 Tesla Model 3 is by the IIHS-HLDI and Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia, USA, on July 22, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Amanda Voisard – RC1754ACA7E0/File Photo
The agency’s February 2018, with rounded lines of his own Service, and the hybrids will have to emit the alert sound to warn pedestrians of their approach, and the extension until 2020 of the deadline for full compliance.
The long-delayed rules, which will for the first time, they were asked by Congress in 2010, requires manufacturers, such as Tesla, Inc., Nissan Motor Co. and General Motors Co. to add sounds to the vehicles when they are moving at speeds of up to 18.6 miles per hour (30 km / h) to aid in the prevention of injuries among pedestrians, bicyclists, and the blind.
The agency said Monday in response to a petition from the automakers, it was proposed to amend the rules to remove the current limit of the noise for each vehicle model. The agency wants the public to comment “on the question of whether there should be a limit to the amount of according to sound, which is a manufacturer
to install in a vehicle and what the limits should be.”
NHTSA requires that the warning be in all the “peace and quiet” vehicles by September 2020. The car manufacturers were able to make the sounds of the 50 per cent of its vehicles by 1 September.
In order to comply with the emission standards in California, automakers will need to sell more electric vehicles, and these vehicles are often more difficult to hear at lower speeds than gas-powered engines.
At higher speeds, tyre noise, wind resistance, and other factors eliminate the need for a separate alert sound, and the regulators have to say.
The Trumpet of the administration was petrified of the Obama-era rule, if it is carried out, a review of the applications of the automotive industry. Nissan was mentioned in the warning is required only up to 12.4 mph (20 km / h).
NHTSA said last year that the rules are closed on Monday in order to avoid the 2,400 injuries each year by 2020, requiring the addition of warning sounds to be about 530,000, model 2020 and other vehicles.
NHTSA has said that the rules of the costs of the automotive industry, for approximately $40 million per year, as car manufacturers are required to have an external waterproof speaker to the meeting. However, the benefits from reduced injuries are estimated at $250 million and $320 million per year.
The agency estimates that the odds of a hybrid vehicle has been involved in a pedestrian crash is 19 percent higher than that of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. About 125,000 of pedestrians and bicyclists are injured each year on roads in the United States of america.
Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Alistair Bell