The actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears called Tesla “a cat-killer” as her cats were run over by a Tesla they never heard coming. Spears recommended that Teslas emit noises that bother animals so they move out of the way.
“We have now lost — I don’t want to tell you how many cats — because they don’t hear the Tesla (TSLA) crank and unfortunate things happen and it’s really devastating and tragic for everyone involved,” she said her Instagram video.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now requires electric cars to emit sounds of at least 43 decibels when they’re traveling at speeds less than 18.6 miles per hour. That’s about the level of noise your dishwasher makes.
“This standard will help to ensure that blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians are able to detect and recognize nearby hybrid and electric vehicles,” NHTSA said in its order.