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GM: Electric Vehicles Should Be Seen AND Heard

December 24, 2009

Electric and hybrid vehicles are nearly silent when they operate in town. That silence is peaceful for passengers, but you may be surprised to know it’s also a safety risk. Pedestrians with vision limitations, as well as cyclists and children, rely on cars’ sounds to gauge if they are getting close, and how fast they are coming. Quiet cars reduce the information available about where and how the vehicles are driving.

That’s why engineers from GM (and Chevrolet in particular) have been working closely with the National Federation of the Blind to make sure that future vehicles like the Chevy Volt fully meet the needs of blind pedestrians, and everyone else who shares and crosses the road. They’re working to create a level of sound that provides plenty of information to alert others of the vehicle’s presence, without becoming a distraction or nuisance to others on the road.

The 5-star safety rated 2010 Chevy Malibu

The 5-star safety rated 2010 Chevy Malibu

At Jessup Auto Plaza, we’re proud to sell and service vehicles from an auto manufacturer that is not just following, but leading safety efforts as we head toward 2010. Come support GM at our Cathedral City GM dealership, where we  serve drivers from Hemet, Indio, Palm Desert, Calimesa, Banning, Beaumont, Palm Springs, Yucaipa, and many other nearby communities.

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