Pedestrian Safety

Nissan shares what future electric cars should sound like: the 'Canto' theme

Nissan shares what future electric cars should sound like: the 'Canto' theme

Less than two years from now, barring action by the Trump administration, a National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration rule will require hybrid and electric cars to produce an audible noise under 19 mph. Alongside its Nissan IMx self-driving electric SUV concept it launched at the recent... read more

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  Driven, July 2014 (NWAPA Drive Revolution)

Quiet-Car Noise Rules For Hybrid, Electric Cars To Be Finalized This Fall

Hybrids and electric cars don't produce much powertrain noise running in electric-only mode. The smooth, near-silent ride is a perk for drivers and passengers, but some... read more July 31, 2015 by

Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Pedestrian-Alert Noises For Electric, Hybrid Cars Delayed By NHTSA, Again

Part of the appeal of hybrid and electric cars is their quiet operation, but regulators fear this also poses a danger to pedestrians. That's led to several attempts to equip... read more February 2, 2015 by

2012 Ford Focus Electric at 2011 Geneva Motor Show, photo by Robert Llewellyn

Ford To Facebook Fans: “How Should The 2012 Focus Electric Sound?”

The days of the almost silent electric car are gone. Motivated by a severe case of liticaphobia - or the fear of lawsuits - the auto industry has already agreed that electric... read more June 29, 2011 by 35

Pre-Production 2010 Toyota Prius in Orlando

Toyota Prius To Make Noise During Electric Running, in Japan

In another step toward making silent electric cars less so, Toyota Prius hybrids sold in Japan are to be offered with an optional system that broadcasts a "humming" noise... read more August 25, 2010 by 0

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype

Nissan Tuning 2011 LEAF EV To Be Audible, Not Audacious

If the mechanical prototype recently drove was any indication, the 2011 Nissan LEAF will be an extremely quiet vehicle, free of the motor and drivetrain... read more December 18, 2009 by 1

Chevy Volt IVer

2011 Chevrolet Volt Pedestrian Alert System Will Be Driver Controlled

Earlier this morning, we wrote about GM's announcement that engineers developing the 2011 Chevrolet Volt have partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to figure... read more November 25, 2009 by 2

Toyota Prius body damage

Do Hybrids Hit Pedestrians More Often? NHTSA Report May Say So

Advocates for the blind have long been pushing for hybrid and electric cars to make some kind of artificial noise at low speeds, to alert people with vision impairment of... read more November 12, 2009 by 17



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