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Hybrid cars dangerously quiet for pedestrians

By Steve in the UK     Feb 16, 2007 in Environment
Can hybrid cars really by a health risk? The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) says they can be if you are blind, a children, the elderly, cyclists or a pedestrians
A study of 30 people by the NFB, in which they "all stood on the side of the street and the idea was to raise your hand as you heard the car approach," from that hybrids could not be above the ambient street noise
"We are aware of this issue and studying a way to improve pedestrian safety. It's important that the solution doesn't add to noise pollution but is good for pedestrians," said Toyota spokeswoman Martha Voss
Another Toyota spokesman, Xavier Dominici, said the trend was toward quieter cars and that people should start getting used to them. "Part of it is also acclimating your ear to that noise. Frankly the sound of an automobile is changing as more quiet powertrains and hybrid vehicles come to dominate the market," he said
Barbara Pries, a member of NFB's pedestrian security committee, said no blind person has been killed by a hybrid car but some have reported having near accidents.
"It's just a matter of time before people are going to get injured and killed," she said.
So who's right? we all want a quieter, cleaner environment but sometime it just seem that the poor motor industrial just can't seem to please everybody, Don't hybrids have horns then?
Maybe New York City will now ban Hybrid cars on the ground of safety.
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