NHTSA will allow manufacturers to choose any “voice acting” for electric vehiclesSeptember 23, 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow electric vehicle manufacturers to “voice” electric cars with virtually any sound.
The fact is that electric cars and hybrids work almost silently, which, on the one hand, reduces noise pollution in the city, and on the other hand, increases the danger, since pedestrians or cyclists may not notice an approaching electric car.
In 2010, the NHTSA decided that manufacturers should produce electric cars that warn of their approach with a variety of sounds. In 2018, the proposal passed into the status of the law, and the deadline for car manufacturers was set for 2020.
The first edition of the document provided for a limited set of sounds, while only a certain sound was allowed for each model year. Automakers have turned to the NHTSA to expand the range of sounds. The safety regulator is currently conducting a public opinion poll to determine the need for the initiative. An upper volume limit will also be set. It is assumed that manufacturers will be allowed to use any sounds, provided that they do not exceed the volume level. They will be used as an alert when the car is moving at speeds up to 30 km / h in both forward and reverse. At higher speeds, the sound will mute, as it is believed that pedestrians will be prevented by the noise of the wind, tires, and other factors.
The survey will last until November 1, after which the NHTSA will make a final decision.
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