House follows Senate; passes noise bill for EVs, hybrids
The bill requires that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets a standard for an alert sound that will allow pedestrians to "reasonably detect a nearby electric or hybrid vehicle" while operating at low speeds. Drivers won't be required to manually activate the sound, as the measure states that the system must be automatically controlled by the vehicle. The act gained traction after two major auto trade groups – the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers – and advocacy groups for the blind expressed support for the law's passage.
[Source: Detroit News]
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