Washington, D.C. – The U.S. has signed into law the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, which will require “silent” vehicle technologies such as electric and hybrid cars to produce sufficient noise to warn pedestrians, especially those who are blind.

“The blind, like all pedestrians, must be able to travel to work, to school, to church and to other places in our communities, and we must be able to hear vehicles in order to do so,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind. “This law, which is the result of collaboration among blind Americans, automobile manufacturers and legislators, will benefit all pedestrians for generations to come as new vehicle technologies become more prevalent. We look forward to working with the Department of Transportation throughout the regulatory process.”

Blind pedestrians, who cannot locate and evaluate traffic using their vision, must listen to traffic to discern its speed, direction and other attributes

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