Congress has mandated that the U.S. Department of Transportation enact minimum sound level requirements for electric vehicles. The good folks in the department are proposing a limited set of mandatory federal government beeps that all electric vehicles would have to emit with no flexibility at all. While Congress has mandated that there must be a sound, they did not mandate what it should be. If you want the flexibility to broadcast muscle cars, symphony music, horse hooves, or whatever; then please submit a comment. This is an industry waiting to be created if it’s birth is not crushed by narrow-minded bureaucrats. To date there have only been about 230 comments on the regulation. The comment period has been extended and is still open. So please go to the links below and comment. You can make a difference.
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Please allow auto makers to install any sound that they choose as long as it can be heard at a certain distance from the vehicle. A limited set of beeps will stifle creativity, cost the US economy jobs and money through lost opportunities, and not appreciably increase safety.
I do not believe that lack of vehicle noise at low speeds is a safety issue. Please delay development of any regulations until a more thorough real world analysis of actual risk can be completed. If lack of low speed noise is an issue the minimum noise regulations should apply to all vehicles and not unfairly single out electric and hybrid vehicles.
If lack of low speed noise is an issue then minimum noise regulations should apply to all vehicles and not unfairly single out electric and hybrid vehicles. Mandating only certain sounds to be broadcast is a mistake that will cost the US economy in lost opportunity and increase regulatory burden. Do not limit the types of sounds to be broadcast. All vehicles should be allowed to broadcast any sound they choose as long as it is meets a certain minimum decibel level.
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