Carmakers Aren’t Ready to Fit Pedestrian Warning Systems on EVs and Hybrids

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Electric driven cars are starting to make their presence felt in the auto industry, but it goes the opposite way while on the streets, withe their electricity being too silent for pedestrians to know at any time about their position without looking.
That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a rule that hybrid and electric vehicles have to be equipped with artificial sound making systems to warn people about their presence in about two years.

However, according to Automotive News, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers wrote the NHTSA a letter asking to postpone the law until September 2018, saying that there is not enough time for the automakers to put in production such systems.

And the carmakers aren’t the only ones that want the rule to be postponed, as even supplier Denso International America Inc. believes it will need at least three years to create pedestrian alerting systems that will comply with NHTSA’s specifications.

If not carefully engineered, the systems won’t support the harsh conditions they’ll be exposed to and might even annoy the passengers. The cost of adding such a system might sound small at and estimated $35/car, but for the whole industry to do it, it will take about $23 million in the first year.
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