Monday, January 07, 2013

U.S. proposes minimum sounds for 'quiet' cars


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing new rules to require minimum sound levels from electric vehicles, hybrids and other quiet cars to warn pedestrians.
NHTSA's proposal — required by Congress in 2010 — sets minimum sound levels for hybrid and electric vehicles to help make all pedestrians, especially visually impaired people, aware of approaching vehicles.
Electric and hybrid vehicles do not rely on traditional engines and at low speeds can be very difficult to hear.
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They have to do this because motherfuckers nowadays are too damned stupid to look both ways before crossing the street - either that or they've got their heads up their asses and checking their texts and reading their email while walking down the street.
Brings to mind that woman that sued some city because her daughter fell into a manhole while walking down the sidewalk and texting at the same time.