Road safety is an immensely important issue, as is preventing damage to the environment by reducing carbon emissions and promoting hybrid and full electric vehicles; however, these two facets of the industry may be at odds with one another, which can lead to problems.
Vehicles powered in part or in full by electric motors do not produce anywhere near as much noise as their petrol- and diesel-powered stablemates, which means they can be harder for pedestrians to hear and could lead to an increase in accidents as their adoption rises. This is where the move to fully powered electric cars is fast approaching and more and more advancements in this technology are being established. This matches along with the increase in the funding to create more stable systems for driverless vehicles.
To tackle this a new system is being developed by a partnership formed by various manufacturers including Nissan, Renault and Peugeot. This system was trialled last year using a prototype Nissan Leaf. As electric cars become more and more common place it may be necessary for legal tests such as those carried out by MOT Gloucester companies to be changed to accommodate some of the changes in technology and design. Plans are already in place for it to be compulsory for all new cars to become electric and this has already begun to have an impact on the car manufacturing industry within the United Kingdom.
The system features a pedestrian-detecting camera mounted at the front of a car, which upon recognising that someone is in the way will cause an array of speakers to give an aural alert that should make even the quietest of electric vehicles easier to detect.
Fears about any disturbance that might be caused by this alert can be allayed. In addition to being directed towards the location of the individual pedestrian who is in harm’s way, the audio will also be quieter than standard combustion engines while still getting the job done. Safety of both the driver and passengers as well as nearby pedestrians as at the forefront of the research and technological tweaks that are being undertaken to these systems.
The eVADER system is likely to be influential in shaping future EU regulations on road safety and could be instrumental in altering the design of next-generation electric vehicles. It is thought that these systems will help to alleviate the very really fears that have resulted from the almost silent noise that inherently comes along with the electric car technology.