President Obama Signs Bill Requiring Electric Cars Add Safety Sound

Under the law, drivers won't have to activate sounds; vehicles will do it automatically.

Published: 08-Jan-2011

Washington — President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday a bill that will require automakers to add sounds to quiet cars that would help alert the blind and other pedestrians.

Last month, Congress voted to require federal safety regulators to set minimum sound levels from electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. It's the first piece of auto safety legislation to become law since Obama took office in 2009.

Several other safety bills proposed in the wake of Toyota Motor Corp.'s recalls over sudden acceleration have been stalled.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Arcimotor plans to sell the vehicle for under $20,000.

The all-electric prototype took two years and $100,000 to build and has range of 50 miles.

Front view of Arcimoto Pulse being developed outside Portland, Oregon.

Professional planner Larry Weymouth thinks our urban transportation system can be adapted to the realities of the new century.


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