7 Replies Latest reply on Apr 9, 2015 1:18 PM by Philippe Baronti

    Too much of a good thing?

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      Can cars ever become too quiet? This article, published in January, argues that cars are on their way to becoming too quiet for safety. Mandatory noise level regulation could be something that will need to be implemented, though the author doesn't think we'll see this kind of regulation until at least 2018.

       

      "It's not a small issue, particularly for people with visual impairments. In 2012, 10 percent of adults — more than 20 million Americans — reported they have trouble seeing, even with glasses or contacts, or are blind. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 6 million Americans over 40 will experience low vision or blindness by 2030. That's double the 2004 figure.

       

      Pedestrians are ubiquitous, and injuries and deaths involving them are climbing: 76,000 injuries and 4,743 deaths in 2012, a 6 percent rise over 2011. Of course, hybrid and electric cars make up less than 2 percent of vehicles on the road and so aren't the culprits in most of these incidents. But if hybrid and electric cars were equipped with engine sounds, and assuming that they will make up 4 percent of the 2016 fleet, the result would be 2,790 fewer accidents with pedestrians and bicyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)."

       

      The Danger of Too-Quiet Cars | Edmunds.com