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Electric cars: A silent killer?
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:29:00 PM »
http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-11-17/electric-cars-a-silent-killer/

17 November 2017 at 5:20pm
Electric cars: A silent killer?

That silence is often one of their selling points, but a woman from Tavistock says their lack of noise is dangerous to visually impaired people after she narrowly avoided being hit.


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Re: Electric cars: A silent killer?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 04:41:38 PM »
I think the biggest problem is that owners/drivers of electric vehicles aren't adequately warned that they are substantially more likely to hit people who are blind or animals and they need to adjust their driving style accordingly.

That said, I've seen reports that larger guide dog schools have purchased electric vehicles for training purposes.  The thing is I'm not sure how much they can address this with training since it is the handler, not the dog, who makes the decision when it is safe to cross and the handler does it by ear.
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Re: Electric cars: A silent killer?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2017, 05:17:31 PM »
My school used an electric car in traffic checks. I think a big reason they use them is for a confidence booster for the students. The dogs will stop if we judge wrong, and we judge wrong a lot with electric cars. So it proves to us that one of the most dangerious parts of being blind can be helped with a dog. I would guess it would also get the dog used to relying on sight more then sound when working around cars?
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Re: Electric cars: A silent killer?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2017, 06:24:20 PM »
I don't have much to comment, but I know GDB has a Prius for traffic checks!
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Re: Electric cars: A silent killer?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2017, 06:56:25 PM »
My Prius has a fake car sound it generates when the gas engine thing is off (it's a hybrid).  Without that noise it's shockingly silent.