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NHTSA talking about solution for quiet hybrids.

Posted in Hybrid, Newsworthy by MrAngry | April 16th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Hybrids are great. They get wonderful mileage, are eco-friendly and help the weenie environmentalists feel good about themselves. They do however possess one very distinct downside that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is finally going to address. What is it you ask? Well, I’ll tell you… they’re quiet, like dead quiet. Now in most cases quiet is good. It relaxes you and helps you concentrate on things like driving. This stealthiness however is really beginning to piss off some communities, namely the American Foundation for the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind.

David Strickland, the NHTSA administrator and master of the obvious said at the SAE World Congress on Wednesday: “A quieter fleet could potentially put pedestrians at risk, especially blind pedestrians” – gee David… why do you think that is? Now maybe it’s me, but if you’re blind, I would think that everything you do and experience is resonated to the old noodle through sound. If this is the case (and I think it is) than a silent car could be very detrimental to ones health. The NHTSA is now conducting research and spending money on an issue that can be solved by using common sense. They should put out a mandate stating that hybrids must have to emit some type of audible automotive sound so pedestrians know that a vehicle is actually approaching. It’s not rocket science guys…

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5 Responses

  1. jc says:

    Ha – check out this product SPECIFICALLY for making cars quiet! can you believe it?! http://www.quietcar.net !!!!

  2. JW says:

    Ok, if your blind. Shouldn’t you be with someone when your around fast moving traffic. Preferably someone not blind, hence this is stupid regulation. Does anyone else not see this?

  3. Mark says:

    This is just silly, IMO. Hybrids DO make noise, quite a bit in fact. The problem is that everything else is so noise that it drowns them out. The solution isn’t to add more noise to the environment, it is to quiet things down.

  4. rhonda shapiro says:

    It is very important for visually impaired individuals to learn to be self sufficient and independent. There is very specialized training to teach visually impaired individuals to cross streets independently: however one of the main cues used is the sound of a running vehicle. Thus, if a car is quiet, with the engine off, these individual have no idea when it is safe to cross the street.


  5. rhonda shapiro says:

    It is extremely important for visually impaired individuals to learn to be independent and self sufficient. They can learn how to do many things independently, such as crossing streets alone; however one of the main cues used is the sound of running engines. If they can’t hear a running car, they do not know when it is safe to cross the street.

    How would you like to have to have someone with you at all times to cross the street?