AC Electric Car how an electric car could kill you the star may09

AC Electric Car how an electric car could kill you the star may09

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How an electric car could kill you   May 31, 2009   www.thestar.com When cars run on electric power, they not only save fuel and cut emissions but also operate  more quietly. Ordinarily, people might welcome quieter cars on the roads. However, as the  use of hybrid and electric vehicles grows, a new concern is growing too: Pedestrians and  cyclists find it hard to hear them coming, especially when the cars are moving slowly  through a busy town or manoeuvring in a parking lot. Some drivers say that when their cars are in electric mode people are more likely to step  out in front of them. The solution, many now believe, is to fit electric and hybrid cars with  external sound systems. A bill going through the U.S. Congress wants to establish a minimum level of sound for  vehicles that are not using an internal-combustion engine, so that blind people and other  pedestrians can hear them coming. The bill's proponents also want that audible alert to be one that will help people judge the  direction and speed of the vehicle. A similar idea is being explored by the European  Commission. Although there is little data on accidents, the latest research suggests there is cause for  concern. Vehicles operating in electric mode can be particularly hard to hear below about 
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course COMM 1000345 taught by Professor Mccloud during the Winter '10 term at Mohawk College.

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