I guess I overlooked this news tidbit until now, but the DOT, in an effort to protect unwary pedestrians, will require all EV and hybrid manufacturers by 2020 to install devices which make our peaceful, quiet cars emit a sound recognizable as a motor vehicle at lower speeds up to 19 mph. https://electrek.co/2019/01/10/tesla-model-3-safer-noise-machine/
I’m all for driving carefully around pedestrians but this noisemaker requirement seems like an overreaction. As far as I know, there’s not an epidemic of a bunch of people being run over unawares by EVs, is there? Isn’t that the exception and not the rule? (Part of me thinks let’s just fire the emissions testing mode at people walking in front of our car, but I digress…).
So nope, I’m not a fan of this requirement. I like my nearly silent car. It reduces air AND noise pollution.
In the article link above, Elon has mentioned a creative way to solve/abide by this; “I think the sensible and ideal thing long-term is to have proximity sensors that direct a pleasant sound in the direction of where somebody is walking – so therefore, it’s the least amount of noise, and it’s not annoying, and it’s only going to where it needs to go. That’s what I think is the right long-term solution.”
I guess if we have to, this is an option...
What are your thoughts about this requirement from the DOT?