Sounds like people are beginning to pay attention to the dangers presented by quiet cars. Hopefully it won’t take a tragic accident to get the issue resolved.
From the L.A. Times article:
Concerns are growing that quiet-running hybrids such as the Prius pose a hazard to pedestrians, especially the 1.3 million Americans who are legally blind.
The article goes on to mention a study done to determine the distance at which a person can hear a hybrid car.
"Our preliminary findings could mean that there is an added danger with hybrid cars, particularly at intersections and parking lots," said Lawrence Rosenblum, a psychology professor doing the study.
That’s what kills me, studies to prove something already known. Well, I guess it’s still moving in the right direction.