x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Blind group angry at Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to release the sound to be emitted from the vehicle to warn pedestrians.

The Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to release the sound to be emitted from the vehicle to warn pedestrians. Campaigners for the blind are happy with noise, but the National Federation for the Blind is displeased that the car manufacturer has added a switch that allows the driver to turn the noise off. The group, which had several other complaints, said it was "disappointed that the driver is permitted to turn off the sound" because it "in effect, allows drivers to deactivate this important safety feature and thereby endanger pedestrians, especially those who are blind."