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Road safety: can horses hear electric cars? – Horse racing news


E-bikes and e-scooters are making a splash in parts of the country where they share trails with horses. Like their EV counterparts, bikes and scooters are so quiet they often startle horses who encounter them on the trails.

A study by the British Horse Society (BHS), in conjunction with the Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) Scotland, sought to find out how well horses could hear EVs and how they reacted to EVs.

The team used three horses to monitor their reaction to three electric cars and one gas-powered car. The mounted horses stood in a road with the cars approaching from behind. The noise of the cars was recorded using a microphone and the reactions of the horse were recorded on video.

Scientists determined that low-level noises emitted by electric vehicles were detected by horses before the car was visible and that horses were aware of vehicles long before humans.

Alan Hiscox, director of safety at the British Horse Society, said the findings should help allay rider concerns about how horses will react to quiet electric vehicles.

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