The silent Prius

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#1

I rode in a Prius recently and was intrigued that it is silent during certain phases of operation. I was wondering if this is a safety hazard, because pedestrians, kids, dogs, etc. can’t hear it coming?


#2

of course it can be…see this web site…
http://www.thecarconnection.com/tips-article/1010548_blind-want-prius-to-make-noise


#3

They can hear the wind noise and the noise of the tires. Besides, the engine is off only at low speeds. If you see a pedestrian on the road and the engine is off, you should have enough time to brake or honk the horn.


#4

Yes. Advocates for the blind and deaf are trying to have some sort of warning noise mandated for electric cars.


#5

I don’t see how a warning noise would help the deaf.