When it comes to safety technology, the auto industry is always breaking paradigms by helping consumers steer clear from possible risks. But as technology becomes so advanced that vehicles end up becoming silent as they make their way through traffic, technology must be employed to help pedestrians stay safe.
According to several news reports, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is listing a new requirement for newly manufactured vehicles that are electric or hybrid that will be sold in California and across the country. These light-duty vehicles are now required to be placed on sale with an added alert sound that will be triggered when the vehicle is traveling at low speeds. This will ensure pedestrians are alerted that there’s a vehicle approaching, helping them to avoid being hit.
The new safety standard should also make it easier for pedestrians who are blind or who have low vision to detect technologically advanced vehicles.
According to the federal agency, this new rule could help to prevent about 2,400 pedestrian injuries yearly.
Manufacturers will be required to follow the new rules after September 1, 2019. By ten, all new hybrid and electric vehicles are required to be equipped with sounds and alerts meeting the new standards.
While many may come up with good arguments opposing this new standard, we’re glad that pedestrians who are visually-impaired are being protected in this manner. We’re also happy to know that several other pedestrians who do not share the same physical condition will also be able to benefit from this new addition.
We hope that more automakers come up with different takes on safety technology, helping to create solutions that drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists require to stay safe. We are glad that so many companies and regulators are coming together to help protect some of the most vulnerable subjects on American roads and we hope to see this trend continue.
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