Electric Vehicle Alert for Detection and Emergency Response
Studies show that vehicles, driven in electric mode, either hybrid or pure electric vehicles, are considerably quiet and, thus, that they constitute a safety hazard for pedestrians and bicyclists in traffic. It is claimed that such vehicles are not acoustically perceived due to the power unit being exchanged from a combustion engine to electric motors; something that essentially cuts away all power unit noise and leaves tyre/road noise, the latter of which is the same as for similar-sized vehicles with combustion engines.
eVADER investigated the interior and exterior sound scape of electric vehicle for safe operation, considering driver’s feedback, feasible pedestrian reactions, driver and pedestrian warning systems and pedestrian safety. eVADER analyzed innovative methods to improve the acoustic detectability of electric vehicles in urban scenarios. eVADER defined solutions to warn vulnerable users of a nearby moving vehicle while providing means for heightening the awareness of drivers in critical situations.
This project received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2008-2013) under grant agreement No 285095.