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Hybrids Cause Blind Panic

ONE of the appeals of a hybrid or electric car is its super-quiet drive. But worries are growing that blind people may be endangered by their silence.

The Japanese government has set up a panel with auto makers, organizations for the blind and consumer groups to come up with a solution, which could see the vehicles emitting what sounds like engine noise or musical sounds, officials said yesterday.

An informal survey of 52 blind people last year found that more than half of the respondents said they were terrified of hybrids because they were so quiet.


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