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Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 Rulemaking

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), NHTSA plans to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the agency's rulemaking to implement the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010.

The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act mandates a rulemaking to establish a standard requiring electric and hybrid vehicles to be equipped with a pedestrian alert sound system that would activate in certain vehicle operating conditions to aid visually impaired and other pedestrians in detecting the presence, direction, location, and operation of those vehicles.

Vehicle Engine Sounds @ 6 mph

Engine A city environment neighborhood
Engine B city environment neighborhood

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