Gov't to require electric cars to make noise

Published: Tuesday | January 8, 2013 Comments 0

The United States government wants all electric and hybrid vehicles to make some noise when travelling under 18 miles per hour so pedestrians can hear them coming.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cars don't make enough noise at low speeds to warn walkers, bicyclists and the visually impaired.

The agency says the cars make enough noise to be heard at higher speeds.

Automakers would be able to pick the sounds that the cars make from a range of choices. Similar vehicles would have to give off the same sounds. And the government says pedestrians must be able to hear the sounds over background noises.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rule. The agency will use public input to craft a final rule.

- AP

Share |

The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gleaner.
The Gleaner reserves the right not to publish comments that may be deemed libelous, derogatory or indecent. Please keep comments short and precise. A maximum of 8 sentences should be the target. Longer responses/comments should be sent to "Letters of the Editor" using the feedback form provided.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Top Jobs

View all Jobs

Videos