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Tests Held with Visually Impaired to Check Danger of Noiseless Hybrid, Electric Cars

Posted on: Aug 20, 2009

A test to study the danger of noiseless hybrid and electric cars to pedestrians was held with the cooperation of some 20 visually impaired participants. While automakers enjoy brisk sales of the eco-friendly next-generation vehicles, there have been some claims that the engine noise of hybrid and electric cars is barely audible for pedestrians to […]

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Japan Rethinks Silent Hybrid Cars for Safety of Visually Impaired Pedestrians

Posted on: Jul 14, 2009

Japan is considering the introduction of noise-making devices for near-silent hybrid cars following safety fears from vision-impaired pedestrians. “Vision-impaired people feel that hybrid vehicles are dangerous”, a transport ministry official told AFP.  The top-selling hybrid vehicles run almost without any sound when they change from fuel to battery mode. The ministry of transport has brought […]

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