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Hybrid vehicles needed for research on pedestrian safety

Aug. 30, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A research team at Western Michigan University needs to borrow hybrid vehicles, with or without their owners as drivers, for studies involving the detection of hybrid vehicles by pedestrians who rely on hearing rather than vision. Hybrid vehicles are typically very quiet, which creates safety concerns for pedestrians with impaired vision.

Borrowed vehicles would be needed for two- to three-hour periods on weekends during September and possibly October. Hybrid owners may volunteer to participate for one or more sessions, at their choice.

For more information or to volunteer your hybrid SUV or car, contact Dr. Robert Wall-Emerson at robert.wall@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3072.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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