New Law Makes Hybrid Cars Audible to Blind Pedestrians
President Obama has signed into law the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, which will protect blind and other pedestrians from injury as a result of silent vehicle technology. Blind pedestrians listen to traffic to pick up cues that allow them to travel safely and independently. Other pedestrians, bicyclists, and runners also benefit from hearing the sound of vehicle engines, which can be very quiet or even non-existent in some new vehicles. The new law will require manufacturers to add an acceptable synthetic sound whenever the vehicle is in motion.