Nearly 6 years after the passage of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, rules have finally been put in place to ensure that quiet cars will make noise when traveling at low speeds. Most vehicles traveling under 18.6 MPH will need to emit an audible sound, though the ruling gives automakers flexibility on what exactly that sound would be. The rules have been delayed for years which has also delayed their implementation. The new rules are set to take effect by September 1, 2019 and cost the auto industry roughly $39 million annually.
"We all depend on our senses to alert us to possible danger," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. "With more, quieter hybrid and electrical cars on the road, the ability for all pedestrians to hear as well as see the cars becomes an important factor of reducing the risk of possible crashes and improving safety."
The U.S. Transportation Department expects the rule will impact over 530,000 vehicles in the first year and could help to prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries. There is no requirement that older vehicles are retrofitted with the new technology. Here is a link to the rule in PDF format.Source: NHTSA
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