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‘Silent’ electric cars must legally now make a noise

7 comments, 183 views, posted 12:11 pm 24/06/2019 in Automotive by superuser
superuser has 3038 posts, 1850 threads, 277 points, location: Mars

All new electric and hybrid vehicles are now legally required to have an external sound generator so they can be more easily heard by pedestrians and cyclists.

The EU-mandated system is called an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System, or AVAS. It becomes law on 1 July 2019 after years of campaigning by groups such as the European Blind Union.

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AVAS systems need to work at speeds of up to 13 mph, and the volume must be at least 56 dB (similar to the volume of an electric toothbrush).

The volume must not be louder than 75 dB, equivalent to the noise of a conventional car.

Extra Points Given by:

marksyzm (10), griffin (5), tamsnod27 (5)

Comments

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12:15 pm 24/06/2019

marksyzm

Damn right. I have a hard enough time not hearing cyclists, and the blind and children have no chance against a near-silent metal box travelling at 30mph. Times have changed and we must change with them.

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2:08 pm 24/06/2019

griffin

Does it say what the sound should be? Can I get paid by McDonalds to drive around town while my car hums out "I'm lovin' it"?

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2:20 pm 24/06/2019

waints

Oh yes. This was my biggest issue with these vehicles. They would creep up silently behind and scare the shit out of you.

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2:21 pm 24/06/2019

waints

Quote by griffin:
Does it say what the sound should be? Can I get paid by McDonalds to drive around town while my car hums out "I'm lovin' it"?


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2:32 pm 24/06/2019

superuser

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7:54 am 25/06/2019

waints

HAHAHAHAHA

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10:09 am 25/06/2019

REALITY


Did we have this convo before?

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