The Hybrid Electric car makers should step up the noise because, we have lived to respond to noise!
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According to a US Department of Transportation Report, Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) may be the vehicle in tandem with the world’s dream for a pollution free, noise free, and a reduced global emissions, but they raise serious Pedestrian Safety Concerns.
The biggest undoing of HEVs according to this report is that they too quiet for safety given the fact that they glide quietly on the roads and do not release sounds that pedestrians and cyclists rely on when they are using the highways intersections or corners.Further, it was reported that while performing certain maneuvers, HEVs were two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash than a conventional vehicle.
For the sake of Pedestrian safety therefore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has thus proposed that hybrid and electric cars be required by the traffic laws, to emit some kind of noise while moving as warning to Pedestrians that a vehicle is approaching. I hope demanding that the Electric cars get a little noisier is not asking for too much from the manufacturers.