Members of Global Automakers have come before the NHTSA and asked the agency to amend its proposed rule to add sound to hybrid and electric vehicles.
Find out what Global Automakers is requesting.
In its comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed rule to add sound to hybrid and electric vehicles, Global Automakers is asking the agency to find a noise level that effectively alerts pedestrians without being excessively loud.
“Striking a balance is important,” said Michael Cammisa, director of safety for Global Automakers. “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.”
“As hybrid and electric cars have become more widespread, some of our members have already added noise alerts to these vehicles,” said Cammisa. “We look forward to continuing to work with NHTSA and other stakeholders to improve these requirements before they are finalized.”