Fully Charged – Electric Cars And The Blind – Video

OCT 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

Electric cars and the Blind | Fully Charged

Electric cars and the Blind | Fully Charged

A recent episode of Fully Charged focuses on silent electric cars and concerns about blind people.

The debate is whether the responsibility of driving at low speeds should fall solely on the driver or if EVs should be equipped with special sounds activated automatically, but up to what speed (5-10 mph?)?

“An exploration of the potential dangers that electric cars pose to blind people. With the help of the truly inspirational Andre Louis, musician, audio expert and left handed black man.”

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Not needed. People with headphones on, or texting are just as big a hazard and they won’t hear you even with a noise generator.

+ 1 I like my EV because it doesn’t make noise. It is my responsibility to not hit anything that in in my windshield view.

It’s a non-issue. EVs are not totally silent at low speeds.

It’s a non-issue. Most EVs are getting pedestrian detection and auto stop.


I would like to see a combination of a detection system with the pedestrian sound. If there is no pedestrian detected, the sound is off. If there could be a pedestrian, then the sound switches on. That should satisfy most needs.

Black men come in left handed versions? I did not know that…

I agree that this is mostly a non-issue but since sound effects are going to be mandated, I would hope that the OEMs would use sounds that reinforce or complement the noises that EVs make. The Leaf, for example, made a type of whistling noise that sounded basically like a louder version of what it already sounds like. I also had the option to turn it off (an option that I hope gets kept – my own council will I keep on when it is needed).

As an aside, I expect the ADA lobby will take great issue with Robert’s video here.

Oh puh-lease!
This same “let’s find a downside” type of article came up when the Prius hit the streets.
Not an issue- move on.

I find reasonable arguments on both sides of this debate.

Here’s hoping that the “driver assist” technologies of collision avoidance radar and automatic braking become standard equipment for all new cars, making this a non-issue in the near future.

No sound please, I hate it on the old Prius 2 when going in reverse. And it is impossible to turn it off even when leaving your house at 2 in the morning.