That is great, thanks Lynn! I wil pass it on to our O&M instructors : ) PS - thanks for al your help with the newsletter mailout yesterday! On 10/7/10, Lynn Evans <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > fyi > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Bob Acosta > To: Bob Acosta > Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010 12:53 PM > Subject: [Tektalkdiscussion] Car manufacturers have agreed to make > noiserautos > > > > FYI. Just thought some would find this article interesting. > > Carmakers Agree to Make Electric Cars Noisier. > by Peter Valdes-Dapena. > NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Automakers and advocates for the blind have > agreed on a plan to address an unintended problem caused by electric and > > hybrid cars: They endanger sight-impaired and distracted pedestrians > because > they make no noise when running on electric power. > The groups joined together to present Congress with a proposal for > minimum > noise levels that future electric cars would have to make. > Sometimes even sighted pedestrians can be unaware of the cars' approach: > "As > a person who walks my dog in Virginia, where there are no sidewalks, > I've > been startled by hybrid cars, too," said Gloria Bergquist, vice > president of > the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. > If you watch Weeds, you know that 4 out of 5 gangsters and drug dealers > prefer the Prius for stealthy drive-by shootings. (SP). > A study done last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety > Administration > showed that hybrid cars tend to hit pedestrians more often than other > cars > in situations where the approaching car cannot be seen. > The AAM, along with the Association of International Automobile > Manufacturers, the American Council for the Blind and the National > Federation for the Blind, presented Congress with suggested language > that > could become part of the Motor Safety Act of 2010, a bill now moving > through > Congress that would create a host of new auto safety rules. > The proposed language would have NHTSA create a new safety standard for > electrically powered cars involving some sort of minimum sound required > when > operating at low speeds. At higher speeds, wind and tire noise are > typically > enough to make the car detectable. > The sound couldn't be just anything. For instance, vehicle owners would > not > be able to "customize" the sound of their car the same way they can > download > ringtones for cell phones. That's specifically prohibited in the > proposed > rule. Instead, car manufacturers would provide an approved sound or set > of > sounds for a given make and model of car. > It would be up to NHTSA to set the minimum noise level a vehicle would > have > to make at givens speeds and to determine what sort of sounds would be > allowed. The sounds would need to communicate something about the car's > speed and acceleration, just as the sound of a rumbling gasoline engine > does. > _______________________________________________ > acb-l mailing list > acb-l@xxxxxxx > http://www.acb.org/mailman/listinfo/acb-l > > > Robert Acosta, President > Helping Hands for the Blind > Email: boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx > Web Site: www.helpinghands4theblind.org > > You can assist Helping Hands for the Blind by donating your used computers > to us. If you have a blind friend in need of a computer, please mail us at > the above address. > > > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > _______________________________________________ > Tektalkdiscussion mailing list > Tektalkdiscussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > http://accessibleworld.org/mailman/listinfo/tektalkdiscussion_accessibleworld.org > -- Lighthouse of the Big Bend Guiding People Through Vision Loss 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 942-3658 www.lighthousebigbend.org Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.