Soon, all electric, hybrid, fuel cell and battery-powered vehicles operating on public roads are required to emit a running noise like vehicles with an internal combustion engine. ECCO is introducing the Electric Vehicle Alert System® (EVAS) to help manufacturers comply with federal regulations in style. With a system that exceeds standards and offers a library of custom tones, EVAS keeps pedestrians safe while allowing automakers to develop an audible brand.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlines the minimum sound emitting requirements in regulation FMVSS 141. Essentially, vehicles under 10,000lbs that operate on public roads and spaces need an audible signature above ambient street noise when accelerating, decelerating, reversing and idling. The measure is intended to protect vulnerable pedestrians and reduce injury crashes involving silently running cars.
EVAS offers the latest technology in the industry’s most reliable speaker, producing a 360-degree perimeter of sound around the vehicle. It features a wide frequency band (350Hz to 5KHz) and can be programmed with a variety of approved tones. ECCO will work with customers to develop their unique “voice.” Electric car manufacturer Karma Automotive partnered with ECCO to do just that late last year, giving their line of luxury cars a branded acoustic signature.
Easily install EVAS in any vehicle, from passenger cars to autonomous vehicles to buses. Unlike other audible warning devices in the market, EVAS speakers are designed and tested to the ECCO standard and have passed automotive testing protocols from multiple tier one manufacturers. They are highly resistant to corrosion, vibration, dust, salt and moisture. Drivers and pedestrians can rely on ECCO’s devices to consistently perform in any environment or driving conditions.
Mount it, plug it in and design the sound profile. The standard firmware is simple to set up and ECCO can accommodate proprietary CANBus architecture for seamless integration. Now is the time to get compliant and creative. Give the electric vehicle its voice back and create an acoustic perimeter of safety.