Washington, D.C. – The U.S. National Federation of the Blind, the country’s oldest and large organization of blind people, has addressed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the dangers posed to the blind and other pedestrians by silent engine technology, such as that used in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Because blind people cannot locate and evaluate traffic by sight, they must listen to discern speed, direction and other attributes in order to travel safely and independently. New vehicles, especially those that employ hybrid or electric engine technology, can be silent and can be extremely dangerous in situations where vehicles and pedestrians come into proximity with each other.

The National Federation advocates the establishment of a minimum sound standard for all new vehicles sold and licensed in the United States.

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