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Hybrid vehicles are a danger to pedestrians

Hybrid vehicles are a danger to pedestrians

hybrid-car-soundA recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in America has found that hybrid vehicles are involved in more accidents with pedestrians and cyclists than regular petrol and diesel vehicles.

The study found that 0.9% of hybrid cars were involved in accidents with pedestrians compared to a 0.6% pedestrian accident figure for regular cars.

The NHTSA’s report may help support the need for fitting hybrid cars with noisemaking systems to alert pedestrians, cyclists and especially blind people.  With no engine noise the hybrid vehicles can potentially put pedestrians and cyclists at significant risk.

In Japan, hybrid cars have become the country’s top selling vehicles.  A transport ministry official said: “We have received opinions from automobile users and vision-impaired people that they feel hybrid vehicles are dangerous.  Blind people depend on sounds when they walk, but there are no engine sounds from hybrid vehicles when running at low speed and on the electric motor.”

The ministry consulted with a panel of police, consumers, vision impaired groups, scholars and the automobile industry to discuss options.  In the first meeting, it was decided to introduce a sound making function.  The panel has not decided on what kind of sound should be used, only that it should induce a response of caution.

4 Comments
  • i already upgraded my family car to Hybrid to help the environment.-..

    20th May 2010 at 12:58 am
  • Hannah Garcia
    Reply

    hybrid cars are energy efficient compared to diesel or gas powered cars.~”~

    23rd July 2010 at 5:00 am
  • Data Recovery
    Reply

    hybrid cars would be the best thing because they are less polluting to the environment ~,~

    16th December 2010 at 9:42 am
  • Sammie Becenti
    Reply

    The upcoming hybrid cars promise to be even better than the ones that are already available. Hybrid cars are designed with the environment in mind, and the savvy car companies know that the highest prizes will go to those companies that can design an outstanding car that is easy on the consumer’s pocket as well as the world around us. Car manufacturers are investing untold amounts of money on the creation of new and upcoming hybrid cars. With the advent of the totally electric car still on the distant horizon, motor companies are currently competing to make sure their own hybrid cars produce the lowest amount of emissions possible.;”.`

    Catch you around

    19th May 2013 at 7:54 pm

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