With so much noise in our everyday lives, you would think the move towards hybrid and electric vehicles, with their all-but silent operation would be a welcome future trend.
In someways it is.
But consider that the audible cues of a car’s approach can help aide in safety, especially with pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Consider the challenges that a sight-impaired individual may have with the new breed of noiseless cars. Welcome to the world of quiet vehicle (QV) safety studies.
Work is underway to come up with standards that can help us live with our new soft spoken friends. More to come on this later, but take a look at this article in Smart Planet to learn more.