Monday, April 7, 2014

EU Wants Electric and Hybrid Vehicles to Add Artificial Sound

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius.

The fear that a quiet car might kill you is not unfounded: According to one study in 2012, when traveling at speeds under 35 mph, hybrids and electric vehicles are 37 percent more likely to hit walkers and 66 percent more likely to hit cyclists than traditional gas-powered cars. 

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1 comment :

  1. I can understand, I've almost been hit once, but in the same time it's better for all of us if we could reduce the noise in traffic.


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