A push to mandate Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS) in Australia is gaining ground
Should new electric vehicles be legally required to make noise when moving at low speeds?
That’s the question being posed to the Australian community by the nation’s top transport authorities, the Department of Infrastructure.
Members of the community including those with visual impairments have voiced increasing concern as the electric vehicle revolution gains pace and more vehicles hit Australian roads making little to no low-speed external noise.
In 2017, Vision Australia together with Monash University released research suggesting that 35 percent of vision-impaired people have been hit, or nearly hit, by an EV.
In Europe and the United States, new electric models must legally come with external speakers (concealed in the bodywork) that produce some sort of noise at low speeds to warn pedestrians.
The United Nations even issues its own standard for AVAS systems. The standard decrees an electric vehicle must produce between 31 and 50 decibels (dB) up to 10km/h and between 36 and 56dB from 10-20km/h.
Reversing should produce a noise around 47dB. The AVAS speakers should not produce more than 75dB.
For reference, a normal conversation is about 60dB while a vacuum cleaner is about 70dB.
The Australian Government’s National Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25 has committed to mandating AVAS subject to getting the community’s say.
Submissions in support or objection to proposed AVAS in Australia can be made before May 26 to the Department of Infrastructure at this link.
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