The US authorities went to meet the manufacturers of electric cars and hybridsSeptember 2, 2020
The deadline for introducing sound signals when approaching pedestrians has been postponed until next year.
A group of major US carmakers, including General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen, have asked NHTSA to postpone the deadline for introducing audible alarms in electric vehicles and hybrids when approaching people by one year. In response, the agency agreed to postpone the date until March 1, 2021.
Currently, regulations require automakers to have their hybrid and electric models emit a beep when approaching people at speeds up to 30 km / h. This is necessary to reduce road traffic accidents, as it is impossible to hear an electric car approaching from behind in the city noise.
It is reported that automakers will spend about $ 40 million a year on the introduction of an external waterproof speaker. At the same time, the benefit from reducing injuries is estimated at $ 250-320 million. A hybrid or electric car is 19% more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident than a classic car.
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