[bct] Re: Hybrid car silence, a fly in the ointment

  • From: The Scarlet Wombat <coconut@xxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 12:20:04 -0400

Problem, of course, lies in the fact that drivers are notoriously inattentive. Many dead blind people and guide dogs testify to the obvious fact that we cannot trust the drivers. Notification of where a car is must be out of the driver's hands.

As we all know only too well, the sighted world generally is unconcerned about meeting our needs. This is w hy things like the ADA were necessary in the first place. I dislike legislation, as it always has unintended consequences of all kinds, but more than voluntary compliance will be needed here to alleviate what will be a very significant problem in ten years.

If we allow, the manufacturers will say it is the driver's responsibility. The drivers will say it is the city's and state's responsibility and there will be a spider web of finger pointing and little will be done. It is all of their responsibilities.

For once, there is very little responsibility for the blind traveller. If we cannot hear the auto in a noisy environment, we cannot hear it, there is no argueing this.


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