‘Too quiet’ electric and hybrid cars create headache for US regulators

Road safety authorities and automakers wrangle over new rules requiring loudspeakers to warn cyclists and visually impaired people

US regulators are grappling with new rules for electric and hybrid cars that are too quiet, leading to fears of collisions with cyclists and sight-impaired pedestrians unless the vehicles are fitted with artificial noise-making systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the odds of a hybrid vehicle being involved in a pedestrian crash are 19% higher compared with a gasoline-powered vehicle.

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TalkTalk cyber-attack: fifth person arrested in police probe

Metropolitan police say 18-year-old has been taken into custody after raid on south Wales property as part of investigation into October data breach

A fifth person has been arrested as part of an ongoing probe into the cyber-attack on telecoms firm TalkTalk, the Metropolitan police have said. The 18-year-old was taken into custody after police raided a property in Llanelli, south Wales, on Tuesday and was held at the Dyfed Powys police station on suspicion of blackmail.

Four others have previously been arrested during the investigation, including a 15-year-old boy from Northern Ireland who was released on Monday.

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