Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Electric cars could kill you (because you won't hear them coming)

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/gearbox/2012/05/hybrid_and_electric_cars_too_quiet_why_they_re_dangerous_to_pedestrians_.single.html

Electric cars are too quiet, quiet enough that blind people seem to have been hit by some of them.  What a comforting thought for visually handicapable people everywhere in this country, eh?  The electric car could be the death of someone.  Well, one author at Slate helpfully suggests sleighbells, in obviously tongue-in-cheek fashion.

2 comments:

Randall said...

Visually impaired yes, but also we wheelchair folk. I listen to everything around me and those electric cars and hybrids make no sound whatsoever, so you can't hear them coming, above the noise of the other traffic...today I'm still alive by God's grace and fast reflexes of the driver!

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Thank God for good brakes!