From July 1 onward, all electric cars in Europe must be fitted with sound-emitting technology to reduce the risk of danger to pedestrians accustomed to noisy internal combustion engines.
Due to the absence of an internal combustion engine, electric vehicles can be a lot quieter than their gas-powered counterparts. However, this lack of noise can mean that they pose a danger to other road users, especially people who are blind or partially sighted.
While the extremely quiet operation of electric vehicles is often considered as another bonus for the emerging zero emissions form of transport, this silence is believed to present a risk to other road users, particularly the vision-impaired and their companion animals.
To mitigate this problem, the EU is introducing legislation from Monday that requires all four-wheeled vehicles to be fitted with acoustic vehicle alert systems (AVAS).
The decision has received mixed reactions with some people saying that it’s just noise pollution and defeats the point of electric cars, while others think the vehicles should make noises at all times, like non-electric cars, as it could pose a problem for the visually impaired to have silent cars gliding about the roads ready to ambush pedestrians.
“The benefits of green transport is to be felt by everyone. This new requirement will give pedestrians added confidence when crossing the road.”Roads minister, Michael Ellis said.
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