Sunday, July 23, 2023

Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems for Electric Vehicles

 

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, logo of Header menu      Ministers     About us     Media centre     Contact us  DITRDC navigation      Infrastructure, transport & vehicles  Territories, regions & cities Media, communications & arts Research & data      Home     Have your say     Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems for Electric Vehicles  Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems for Electric Vehicles Listen  We're seeking feedback on whether to have all new light electric road vehicles (including fully electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and hybrid vehicles) fitted with an audio alerting system. Why we want your input Pedestrian safety is important for all Australians. This is your chance to have your say on technology which can help to reduce potential collisions by making it easier to hear electric vehicles travelling at low speeds. How you can voice your opinion Read the Consultation Impact Analysis and tell us what you think. Upload, email or post your submission by 26 May 2023. What will be the outcome of this consultation? Your submission will help to decide whether alerting systems for electric vehicles should be mandated in Australia, and when. The Issue  Electric vehicles generate considerably less noise when compared with vehicles with conventional internal combustion engines. At low speeds, when tyre and wind noise is negligible, it can be harder for pedestrians to hear electric vehicles, increasing the risk of a collision. These collisions can still cause serious injury and death. The risk is exacerbated for pedestrians who are blind or have poor vision, as they generally rely on sound to negotiate the road network independently.July 2023: Silent Electric vehicles pose an additional danger to blind Ashfield resident Gisele Mesnage who relies on her guide dog Nyota... https://cityhubsydney.com.au/2023/07/elderly-residents-locked-out-of-new-ashfield-park-by-lack-of-zebra-crossings/

 
2018: Electric cars in Australia to include safety sound
"Vision Australia welcomes the federal government’s announcement that plans are underway to mandate a minimum sound requirement in electric and hybrid vehicles in Australia." https://www.visionaustralia.org/news/2019-08-30/electric-cars-australia-include-safety-sound
 
May 2023: Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems for Electric Vehicles
We're[were] seeking feedback on whether to have all new light electric road vehicles (including fully electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and hybrid vehicles) fitted with an audio alerting system. [This consultation is closed. submission by 26 May 2023.] https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/have-your-say/acoustic-vehicle-alerting-systems-electric-vehicles
 
WikiPedia: "Electric vehicle warning sounds are sounds designed to alert pedestrians to the presence of electric drive vehicles such as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) travelling at low speeds. Warning sound devices were deemed necessary by some government regulators because vehicles operating in all-electric mode produce less noise than traditional combustion engine vehicles and can make it more difficult for pedestrians and cyclists (especially the blind or short-sighted) to be aware of their presence."...

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