More at Link:The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held a public hearing today regarding the threat hybrid vehicles pose to pedestrians. The blind were always an identifiable victim to whisper-quiet hybrids, with the U.S. government to pass legislation that would have hybrids emit minimum sound levels.
I can kind of see the point about not being able to hear a vehicle coming, but in other respects this is stupid. There are already lots of cars that you really don't hear the engine running as it approaches. Especially if it is not accelerating and/or it is in a relatively noisy urban setting.