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Old 01-16-2008, 09:00 AM   #21 (permalink)
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How about this one? Deaf people. Hybrids, running under battery power, produce almost no noise. Deaf people have been raising a ruckus about this... saying hybrids are unsafe. Well, unfortunately, at least in my opinion (cold though it may be), the benefit of the planet and the majority of those who inhabit it should be placed before people with a disability. Deaf people just need to take their time crossing the street, and make sure to look both ways.

Just wanted to point out that small obstacle.
Well I Think that deaf people should have the right away just like any pedestrian or slower moving vehicle like a bike.

This actually is a bit of a problem. In parking lots or leaving crowed areas where there are lots of people they just don't hear the car when you are inching along. I though of putting a little bell or something to chime, for those that can hear. If you can get the AC fan to kick on people can hear that but other wise they will never know your there. Happens all the time.

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Old 01-16-2008, 09:39 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Some good points are brought up. Obviously, recharging is going to be one of the biggest factors. Battery quality and serviceability will be another. Getting people to change their thinking is yet another hurdle.

How about this one? Deaf people. Hybrids, running under battery power, produce almost no noise. Deaf people have been raising a ruckus about this... saying hybrids are unsafe. Well, unfortunately, at least in my opinion (cold though it may be), the benefit of the planet and the majority of those who inhabit it should be placed before people with a disability. Deaf people just need to take their time crossing the street, and make sure to look both ways.

Just wanted to point out that small obstacle.
Maybe car drivers will respect the danger they propose and slow down in unsafe, domestic areas with sharp curves, that pose the greatest threat to not being seen. There is an entire field of study devoted to known facts that people act more cautiously when the perceived danger is higher and thus, sometimes are actually safer. This is one cause of concern for the Tata Nano in India; people will feel safer in it and drive less safely, thus causing more harm.
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they just don't hear the car when you are inching along. I though of putting a little bell or something to chime, for those that can hear.

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Old 01-16-2008, 10:38 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Am I the only one who realizes Deaf People couldn't hear you coming even if you were in an Ice Cream truck. btw thats what I think the little bell sounds like, kinda sorta.
Or am I being insensitive to some problem I may not know about.
Or. Do we really mean Blind People?, Who rely on their hearing way more than I do.
Just wondering. Deaf People complaining about the lack of noise seemed out of place to me.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:47 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I would think that deaf people wouldn't care at all about how loud or quiet a particular car is - now blind people on the other hand have a valid issue.


Metro... you had no post there when I posted - am I that slow of a poster? hehe
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Terrific Xebra addition! My EV motor is very quiet- as a Xebra is, so I prefer the bicycle "triple" squeeze horn; the bell I had tried was more polite, but the horn is pretty unusual and seems to get more attention.

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