U.S. finalizes noise rules on ‘quiet cars’

2016-11-17 10:32:00 来源: 互联网
U.S. finalizes noise rules on ‘quiet cars’

The U.S. government on Monday finalized long-delayed rules that will require “quiet cars” such as electric vehicles and hybrids to emit alert sounds when moving at speeds of up to 18.6 mph to help prevent injuries among cyclists, pedestrians and the blind.

The rules, which were mandated by Congress, will require automakers such as Tesla Motors, Nissan and Toyota to add the sounds to all vehicles by September 2019. The Transportation Department said it expects the rules to prevent 2,400 injuries a year by 2020 and to add the alert sounds to about 530,000 2020 model vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the rules will cost the auto industry about $39 million a year, but the benefits of reduced injuries are estimated at $250 million to $320 million annually.

The rules apply to hybrid and electric cars, SUVs, trucks and buses weighing up to 10,000 pounds. At higher speeds, the alert is not required because tire and wind noise adequately warn pedestrians, NHTSA said.

— Reuters

Siemens to pay $4.5 billion for Mentor Graphics

Siemens will buy Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion in its biggest acquisition since 2014.

The German engineering company will pay $37.25 a share in cash for Oregon-based Mentor, Siemens said Monday — 21 percent above Friday’s closing price. Elliott Management, which owns 8.1 percent of Mentor’s shares, backed the offer, Siemens said.

The deal follows Siemens’s January purchase of U.S. computer-program-maker CD-adapco, as chief executive Joe Kaeser seeks to grow the digital business as part of a retreat from consumer-oriented products to focus on industrial applications.

Mentor’s software and hardware is used to design electronics for the semiconductor, auto and transportation industries. The company was under pressure from Elliott Management to boost shareholder value.

— Bloomberg News


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