For years customers around the world have demanded vehicles that are quieter than ever before. This trend will continue as automakers continue using new technologies to meet environmental needs. It’s important to automakers that visually impaired pedestrians are safe among autos.
That’s why the Alliance joined the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to support the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, which was later signed into law and calls for the Department of Transportation to establish a “minimum sound standard” for hybrid and electric vehicles. This is to make sure that the blind and other pedestrians have an “audible cue” that these vehicles are nearby.