[Missouri-l] Hybrid Cars' Musings
kcagape at aol.com
kcagape at aol.com
Sun Jan 17 08:33:25 CST 2010
I have been thinking about the issue some of you have that hybrid cars
create no noise, and are so quiet, you are not aware they are coming. There a
couple of things I am curious about, and please set me straight because
isn't the purpose of a hybrid to be quiet in the first place?
When I worked for the Army as a civilian, I recall they were in the process
of making a device that could be worn to hear the "signature" or the sound
of an approaching vehicle. Of what I understood, the device was not
cumbersome. Perhaps this device has been perfected and be worn by the general
(blind and low vision) public to alert when a vehicle is coming when it
can't be seen?
Here is another concept. Since many visually impaired people use canes or
service animals, make it the law to have drivers honk at the pedestrian
who is visually impaired because the cane or service animal will serve as an
"identifier," and the driver will know they are approaching someone with a
visual impairment. I understand this might startle the service animal, but
would you rather be safe than hit or killed? By honking, this would
eliminate having constant noise device on a hybrid. Drivers I observe are
extremely conscientious about pedestrians who are blind or have low vision, or
any other pedestrian who might be in harm's way. It is part of the driving
experience to watch where you are driving, not just the other drivers, but
other potential hazards, including people.
I suspect some of us in the so-called blind community don't give sighted
people credit in terms of how they - those who are not visually impaired -
relate to us, and vice versa. I am not "selling out" to the so-called
sighted world, because I am cognizant of both sides of this argument since I
have quite a bit of eyesight, yet I am still considered to be legally blind.
I am not suggesting I am against hybrids that make some noise because I
don't care one way or the other since this issue doesn't impact me, although I
do know several people who are blind or have low vision, and am concerned
about their safety.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Missouri-l