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House Approves ‘Black Boxes’ in Cars



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There was some bipartisan agreement — hybrid cars will now be made noisy:

The bill calls for hybrid and electric cars to be equipped with “alert sounds” that would “allow the pedestrian to reasonably detect a nearby electric or hybrid vehicle.” Some safety advocates have warned that the near-silence of electric and hybrid vehicles could make the cars silent killers.



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