Quiet Hybrid Cars Pose Threat to Blind Pedestrians; Electric Cars Too Quiet to Hear, Visually Impaired Pedestrians Say

By Megan Loiselle © Wausau Daily Herald, Wisconsin — Hybrid cars provide benefits for the environment, but their silent approach could be dangerous for blind pedestrians crossing local streets. A hybrid runs quietly at lower speeds when it is powered by electricity, making it difficult for the visually impaired who rely on sound to judge whether it’s safe to cross the street. At higher speeds, such as on a highway, the cars rely on a noisier combustion engine. Blind people and advocate groups are pushing automakers to research the idea of adding sounds, such as a chirping bird or musical notes, to the otherwise quiet cars…. READ ARTICLE


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