Monday, December 9, 2013

Sight Impaired Europeans Ask For Noisier Cars

Car makers in Europe may soon start building a special alert system into hybrid and other quiet cars, as a safety measure for people with sight impairments and other vulnerable populations.

Research shows that hybrid and electric cars have higher collision rates due to their quiet engines. People with sight impairments can't hear them coming and often think there's not traffic and it's safe to cross the street.

EurActive.com has the story.

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