Bill for Hybrids and EVs

Posted on 27 February 2011 by Tony Santos

The sound level emitted by electric and hybrid vehicles seems so quiet that it can’t be perceived by blind pedestrians which may cause car accidents.

Because of that, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed an act to direct the Secretary of Transportation, to study and establish a motor vehicle safety standard that will allow blind pedestrians to reasonably detect a nearby hybrid or electric vehicle operating at low speeds.

The bill is known as the “Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010. ” The act involves allowing pedestrians to detect a nearby electric or hybrid vehicle in “critical operating scenarios including, but not limited to, constant speed, accelerating or decelerating.” This bill is fully supported by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers.

The main author of the bill, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., stated that “It will allow us to continue to promote our energy independence and technological innovation while safeguarding those who use senses other than sight to navigate the roads.”

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