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NHTSA thinks quiet hybrids and electric cars are a bad thing

The administration announced a sound requirement for silent vehicles.

You'll finally be able to hear hybrids and electric cars coming.

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Uber settlement protects travel with your guide dog

Need to get somewhere with your guide dog? Now you can call an Uber.

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Blind and deaf drivers defy the odds in Poland

An event in Poland earlier this month put disabled people where they very rarely find themselves: in the driver's seat.

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US will release final 'quiet car' rules in November

In a move to maker pedestrians safer, NHTSA finally intends to release its rules governing the sound from EVs and hybrids in November. They don't go into effect until 2018, though.

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EU to require louder EVs, quieter IC cars

The discussion over whether electric vehicles should come with warning sounds has been going on for what feels like forever - seriously, it's been so long we've forgotten amazing little tidbits like

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Nissan, Mitsubishi tell NHTSA requiring electric vehicles to make noise will turn buyers away

Some automakers are saying that adding a fake engine noise – or some other warning sound – to plug-in vehicles would subtract that "cha-ching" sound from auto dealers cash registers. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and some automakers outside the group say a mandate for artificial noise makers on electric cars could cause fewer people to buy them, Automotive News says.

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NHTSA: Under 18 mph, electric vehicles will need to make "alert sound"

It's been a long time coming – remember the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010? – but the proposed rules for the noises that electric or hybrid vehicles have to make at low speeds ha

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Regulators push for hybrid-electric warning sound requirement for blind pedestrians

US regulators continue to push for a mandate that makers of hybrids and electric-drive vehicles install a pedestrian-warning system on their vehicles to alert blind pedestrians, the Daily Caller reports.

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Audi developing powertrain sound of the future for R8 e-tron

Audi knows sound, and it wants its upcoming plug-in cars to have as distinctive a grumble as possible, just like its fossil-fuel-burning brethren. That's why Audi engineers are working on "new sound signatures" for future e-tron models. You can tell how seriously Audi is taking this by the way it references the sounds a car makes to music and "emotional sound structures" in the press release John Neff

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Audi developing e-sound to tell pedestrians, "Hey, that's an e-tron"

Audi knows from sound, and it wants its upcoming plug-in cars to have as distinctive a grumble as possible, just like its fossil-fuel-burning brethren. That's why Audi engineers are working on "new sound signatures" for future e-tron models. You can tell how seriously Audi is taking this by the way it references the sounds a car makes to music and "emotional sound structures" in the press release Sebastian Blanco

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Blind Man Behind The Wheel At Taco Bell Drive-Thru

Steve Mahan was test-driving Google's driverless car

A man gets behind the wheel of his Toyota Prius, drives to a local Taco Bell and orders lunch it the drive-thru lane. What's so unusual about that scenario?

Ford teaches blind people how to drive stick

Ford recently invited 30 visually-impaired individuals to its Merkenic Development Center test track in Cologne, Germany to put them behind the wheel for a few high-speed exercises. The program was designed to give the disabled individuals a better understanding of how vehicles behave in traffic and how they react to driver input at speed.

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Report: Blind man fails attempt to set 200 mph speed record [w/video]

Anyone who has ever perused the Guinness Book of World Records knows that there is an entry for just about anything imaginable and plenty more things you just haven't yet wrapped your head around. There is apparently even a land speed record for bank managers. Well, blind bank managers, anyway. Mike Newman failed yesterday to become the first blind person to crest the 200 miles-per-hour barrier when his (unnamed)

NHTSA listens to arguments against quiet hybrids

Hybrid and fully electric vehicles have come under fire as of late due to the quietness at which they operate. While this is seemingly a good thing for passengers of the vehicle, there are legitimate concerns that blind people will not be able to detect the rapidly approaching vehicle if it is not making any sound. Along with blind pedestrians, safety advocates are concerned that children and cyclists will be at risk from

Vibering concept warns of impending vehicles

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