The European Union has ruled that electric cars will have to have fake noise added. Fake noise systems in cars are titled Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems (AVAS). The EU has stated that AVAS will need to be added to new models of hybrid and electric vehicles by July of 2021. The new rules state that vehicles will need to make noise when driving under 12 mph or when traveling in reverse.
The legislation was undertaken with safety concerns at the forefront of the discussion. This is because electric cars often have much quieter engines, which can be a danger to pedestrians who do not hear the car as it is traveling. Electric cars can especially be a problem for vision-impaired pedestrians. A charity group called Guide Dogs has stated that electric vehicles are 40% more likely to be involved in an accident with a pedestrian.
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