Hybrid Cars Are Harder To Hear: May Pose Greater Risks For Pedestrians

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 14:14 in Physics & Chemistry

Hybrid cars are so quiet when operating only with their electric motors that they may pose a risk to the blind and some other pedestrians, research by a psychologist suggests. In some contexts, pedestrians may have only one second to audibly detect the location of approaching hybrid cars when the vehicles operate at very slow speeds.

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