NHTSA Wants Automakers to Add Safety Sounds to Hybrids & EVs


Automotive News - January 7, 2013

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed that automakers adopt sound emission rules for their hybrid and electric vehicles to protect pedestrians and bicyclists who may be unable to hear the vehicles approaching. NHTSA says that designing the vehicles to make noise at speeds below 18 mph would prevent about 2,800 injuries over the life of each model year of vehicles.