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Some sports cars won't pass minimum noise rules according to automakers

The Obama administration instituted a so-called "quiet cars" rule that would force automakers to add noisemakers to electric and nearly silent vehicles to help alert blind pedestrians. However, major automakers are now complaining that the ruling would result in warning sounds that are too loud.
Two major automotive trade groups to represent the big three in Detroit, Toyota, Volkswagen, and other major Asian and European automakers have voiced concerns about the proposed rules.

According to Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers, the rule, "is too complicated and is unnecessarily prescriptive. If implemented as proposed, it would result in alert sounds that are louder than necessary, create driver and occupant annoyance and cost more than necessary."

Tesla Model S EV

The proposal by the NHTSA would set minimum sound levels for both hybrid and electric vehicles for pedestrians, and specifically to alert visually impaired people. According to automakers, the rules as they are proposed would create electric vehicles that are louder than some high-performance sports cars.

The NHTSA wants to add these noise rules for silent vehicles because the odds of a hybrid vehicle being involved in a crash with a pedestrian are 19% higher compared to vehicles with traditional gasoline or diesel engines. The likelihood of hybrid vehicle being involved in an accident with a bicyclist is reportedly 38% higher. The new rules set forth by the NHTSA are supposed to begin implementation in September 2014.

If the NHTSA refuses to change the rules, auto manufacturers want the phase in to be extended to 2018. Adding the noisemakers is estimated to cost an additional $35 per vehicle and to cost automotive industry $23 million the first year. As the rule stands now the minimum sound requirements would apply at vehicles at speeds of up to 18.6 mph.

Source: Detroit News

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The horn?
By freedom4556 on 3/19/2013 12:02:59 PM , Rating: 2
Cars already have this, it's called the HORN , and they've had it since the 19th century! If you're really in danger of hitting a pedestrian, HONK ! That's what it's there for. If the horn won't stop the collision, this beeper won't either.

RE: The horn?
By FaaR on 3/19/2013 12:13:18 PM , Rating: 2
Cars also have something called BRAKES . Rather than honking your horn, try using them first if you're about to hit a pedestrian, or even think you might hit one.

Jesus christ, EVs might be a rist for blind people, but self-obsessed motorists like you is an even bigger danger to everybody...

RE: The horn?
By ClownPuncher on 3/19/2013 12:21:26 PM , Rating: 2
You get more points for running over blind people and babies.

RE: The horn?
By M'n'M on 3/19/2013 12:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
How much for pregnant blind people ?

RE: The horn?
By ClownPuncher on 3/19/2013 1:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
1.75x the point score of blind babies

RE: The horn?
By lyeoh on 3/20/2013 5:01:58 AM , Rating: 2
More if you can get them to spin before they hit the ground

RE: The horn?
By Skywalker123 on 3/20/2013 11:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
How many points for a retarded,blind,deaf, and dumb pregnant woman?

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