Warning Pedestrians and Pedestrian Alerting in Electric Vehicles
As electric vehicles become more prevalent on the roads, there is a growing concern for the safety of pedestrians. Unlike traditional combustion engine vehicles, electric cars operate silently, making it difficult for pedestrians to be aware of their presence. This lack of auditory cues poses a potential hazard, especially in urban areas where pedestrians are abundant.
To address this issue, many countries and regions have started implementing legislation requiring electric vehicles to emit alerting sounds to warn pedestrians of their approach. These sounds, often referred to as "electric car sounds" or "electric vehicle sounds," are designed to be distinctive and attention-grabbing, ensuring that pedestrians can hear approaching electric vehicles and take appropriate action.
The introduction of electric car legislation mandating pedestrian alerting sounds is a significant step forward in enhancing the safety of both pedestrians and electric vehicle drivers. By providing audible warnings, these measures help mitigate the potential risks associated with the quiet operation of electric cars.
As the adoption of electric vehicles continues to increase, current research and development is focused on improving and increasing the effectiveness of pedestrian warning systems. The Thor AVAS team also contributes to the study and improvement of the AVAS system, creating harmonious sound samples that can be used for different types of transport: electric cars, electric samovars, electric buses, and so on.
Pedestrian guidance in electric vehicles contributes above all to safety, but also to the creation of harmonious coexistence between electric vehicles and pedestrians in our increasingly sustainable and environmentally friendly transport environment.