Posted: July 2, 2019
The EU has proposed to equip an acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) in electric vehicles to enable avoid pedestrian accidents. As per the rule, the AVAS automatically will activate at speeds of less than 12mph and sounds like a traditional engine. The policy currently is applicable for new EV models but will extend to all EVs by 2021. However, few pedestrian advocates feel that the noise should be emitted at all speeds. Other critics believe that the policy is not based on established evidence of an actual threat to pedestrians. But, the EU believes that most important safety threat involves EVs that are driving slowly. Currently, the policy allows drivers to deactivate the system if they feel the noise is annoying.