[nfbmi-talk] Nat. Hwy & Traffic Safety Administration on quiet cars
goodfolks at charter.net
Thu Apr 8 19:17:06 UTC 2010
For the past year the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has
studied the impact of hybrid and electric vehicles on blind and visually
Earlier this week NHTSA released phase I of a study entitled Quieter Cars
and the Safety Of Blind Pedestrians.
NHTSA's findings confirm what we in the blind community have known for
years. Hybrid and electric vehicles traveling at low speeds are extremely
difficult to identify due to the lack of sound emission. The NHTSA report
says "This research provides information to better understand the safety
risk to blind pedestrians associated with the acoustic profiles of quieter
cars in various
maneuvers and ambient sound conditions."
ACB along with NFB, Representative Towns's office, and the Society of
Automotive Engineers have met with NHTSA about the study and its progress 5
times over the last 12 months. Phase II of the study is expected to begin
later this summer and is expected to focus on sound emission standards.
The link to NHTSA's full report is at the end of this message. This is a
long and detailed report but I encourage those who are interested to read
the executive summary.
Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (202) 467-5081
Fax: (703) 465-5085
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