[nfbwatlk] Fw: National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationReport, April 2010

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Thu Apr 8 21:34:03 CDT 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Sue Ammeter 
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Subject: [Wcb-l] National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationReport,April 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Eric Bridges 
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 2:43 PM
Subject: Re: [leadership] National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationReport, April 2010

Many appologies to one and all. I  pasted the wrong link in to the previous message. Below is the correct link to the full report. 



  -----Original Message-----
  From: leadership-bounces at acb.org [mailto:leadership-bounces at acb.org]On Behalf Of Eric Bridges
  Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 12:40 PM
  To: leadership at acb.org; announce at acb.org
  Subject: [leadership] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Report,April 2010

  For the past year the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has studied the impact of hybrid and electric vehicles on blind and visually impaired pedestrians. 


  Earlier this week NHTSA released phase I of a study entitled Quieter Cars and the Safety Of Blind Pedestrians.   


  NHTSA's findings confirm what we in the blind community have known for years. Hybrid and electric vehicles traveling at low speeds are extremely difficult to identify due to the lack of sound emission. The NHTSA report says "This research provides information to better understand the safety risk to blind pedestrians associated with the acoustic profiles of quieter cars in various

  maneuvers and ambient sound conditions." 


  ACB along with NFB, Representative Towns's office, and  the Society of Automotive Engineers have met with NHTSA about the study and its progress 5 times over the last 12 months. Phase II of the study is expected to begin later this summer and is expected to focus on sound emission standards. 

  The link to NHTSA's full report is at the end of this message. This is a long and detailed report but I encourage those who are interested to read the executive summary. 


  Eric . 




  Eric Bridges

  Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

  American Council of the Blind

  2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 650

  Arlington, VA 22201 

  Phone: (202) 467-5081

  Fax: (703) 465-5085



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