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Global Automakers urges NHTSA to set a safe, but not too loud minimum sound requirement for hybrid and electric vehicles
15 March 2013
In its comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed rule to add sound to hybrid and electric vehicles, the Association of Global Automakers is asking the agency to find a noise level that effectively alerts pedestrians without being excessively loud.
Striking a balance is important. While we support the intent of the regulation to assist pedestrians, we have concerns that the current proposal may lead to alert sounds that are excessively and unnecessarily noisy to others inside and outside of the vehicle.—Michael Cammisa, director of safety for Global Automakers
In 2010, Global Automakers worked with lawmakers, the National Federation of the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, and other auto industry groups on the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act which directed NHTSA to undertake this rulemaking. The rulemaking is intended to assist pedestrians in identifying the presence of hybrid and electric vehicles by requiring automakers to add sound to these quiet cars.
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