Isn't the point of an indicator light...
to tell everyone you are turning? If we have to scrutinise some abstract animation an overpaid designer came up with then your going to get rear ended.
Reg Hardware Car Week It's all very KITT, of course, with a bit of Batmobile tossed in for good measure, but here is Audi's plan for taking OLED car lighting - inside and outside of the vehicle - to the max. Based on an R8, the Q7 concept shows how design teams can have lots of fun building tech into vehicles that may never …
Agreed. Please can someone mandate separate orange indicators front and back. Some front indicators are invisible due to being made of an orange bulb with a clear plastic lens. In bright sunshine the amount of light bounced back from the reflector swamps out the lamp.
Same goes for rear-light clusters where the massive braking lamp power makes the tiny segment of orange cleverly hidden in the middle invisible.
Spot on. I long ago lost count of the number of times I had to abort a maneouvre (both when behind the wheel and as a pedestrian) because the flashing of a clear-lensed indicator was completely undetectable and the body language of the vehicle to which it was attached didn't give any clues as to its impending and sudden change of course. The first few times it happened I just assumed it was someone driving around with ancient bulbs on which most/all of the amber coating had faded/flaked away, but I pretty quickly learned that *every* damned vehicle with clear-lensed indicators was a threat to my safety. Horrible, detestable, pretty much at the top of my personal hit-list of things I'd love to ban from the roads, pieces of form over function crap...
How utterly crap and tacky does that stuff look. Impressive to a 5 year old or a boy racer with the usual style and taste that make a 5 year old blush.
"with a bit of Batmobile tossed in" The batmobile would never allow itself to be desecrated like that.
( i am standing firm here that the Joel Schumacher films never existed. )
if i saw a car with the animated lights i would deliberatly ram the car. see how much that costs to fix! ha
That's the spirit, if you don't like something, just damage it, how do people dare have different taste than yours, I hope the owner likes your face if he catches you doing it.
You must have the empathy of a spanner.
As for the OLED on cars, well, it will come, and we'll get used to it, some troll will have nothing more interesting to do than criticise it (when I don't like someone's car, I tend to think it's their choice, since I don't have to drive it, it's does not bother me).
... and their function is to shock and amaze, thus drawing attention to the brand. Like 'haute-couture' fashion, the link to what the consumer will be offered is tenuous. The budget can be considered marketing- just as sponsoring a motor-sport team is.
Still, I completely agree that headlights and rear lights etc need regulating- there are too many tossers with these blinding white headlights, for other reason than they think it makes them look cool.
But why haven'it we got more use of Daylight Running Lights, a la Volvo? I know there was a large study done in Australia that strongly suggested they would improve safety. In this country, it's untrue how many (especially grey or silver cars!) don't turn on their side lights when conditions are misty, murky or otherwise less than optimal.
Daytime Running Lights need to be banned as well. Use the system motorcycles use: ignition on, lights on. Period.
I see far too many knuckleheads tooling around at night with only the DRLs going because they have their dash lights cranked way down and don't notice the difference.
While we are at it, how about mandating yellow turn signals front and rear (hello, Detroit, wake up) and a minimum of 2 "bulbs" per function so that if 1 bulb burns out you still have an indicator/marker.
Automotive lighting is a real mess, at least in the US.
Regulations and enforcement are, sadly, two different things.
We already have a regulation which says (probably in more technical terms in the official version) that dipped headlights should not dazzle a person whose eyes are 3 feet from the ground. Yet many many times I've seen the bright and sharp silhouette of my head projected against the sun visor from the dipped headlights of the car behind. That clearly wouldn't be happening if the anti dazzle regulation had been enforced. But I've never heard of a single instance where a driver has been prosecuted for doing it.
We should be installing headlight sensors on stretches of straight road.
The vehicle in the picture seems to be missing some things:
1) A big old wing on the back - too high to actually spoil the lift of the car, and certainly not sturdy enough to stand up to high speed.
2) A big old phart-pipe muffler, preferably chromed, with LEDs circling it.
3) Blue "ground effect" lighting.
4) No "Type R" stickers, no "NOX" stickers
5) With those wheel covers, how can you show off your rims? Or the little rubber bands you call tires around them?
6) "No Fear" is missing from the window
Come on guys, know your market!
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