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I saw this article about a new feature Tesla is rolling out. I think its a great idea and should be implemented on every car, not just EVs.

https://electrek.co/2019/03/29/tesla-dynamic-brake-ligths/

We all know there's braking, and there's BRAKING!!! Especially when traveling at highway speeds. Apparently brake lights will FLASH in the latter case, invoke the hazard lights too, all in effort to warn approaching/following driver of a stopped or nearly-stopped vehicle.
Article says its been in place in Europe for 'decades', so why doesn't JLR implement this? Does JLR do so only on European models? How about BMW? Anyone from the EU care to comment or enlighten us Yankees?
 

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Reminds me of the "dynamic" turn signal lights that Audi managed to get in the U.S., the ones that light up the stream of LEDs so they look like they're moving in the direction of the turn. I saw an I-Pace with them in a European video - very cool - but they've been nixed here in the U.S. (even though Audi somehow got them through???)
 

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The earliest sequential turn signals I remember were on Mercury Cougars starting in the '60s. Watch how they handled flashers ("emergency system" segment). Pretty cool IMO:

 

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Newer lighting technology out now can drastically change how those older setups operate, even when inside the existing housing. You can program them to perform any function you want.
 

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Great video, even if 50 years old. I am a bit jealous of the Audi 'sequential' turn signals. Like them and wish I-Pace had them. Presumably doable...
 

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I've been 'flashing' my brake lights for 44 years. Tap 3 times then go max braking. This comes from motorcycle survival. A bike has great brakes, and a car driver will kill a bike in front of them if the bike uses it's brakes. Autoflashing brake and headlights are reserved by law in the US for emergency vehicles. On a bike to mimic a flashing headlight, wiggle the bars when a car is facing you in a left bay. It will look like it flashes.

If a situation is so immediate, and a car is following you too close, you will get hit in the rear in a modern sedan even if you launch fireworks. It take the average person 0.25 seconds to react to a light source. At 70 mph, that's two car lengths BEFORE you move your leg. The best system for not getting hit, is to look far ahead, keep 2+ seconds clearance, flash, and get to one side so the cars behind can see.

The coolest new feature that they should mandate is HUD brake lights. When the car in front rapidly decelerates, your windshield lights up with bright brake lights and warning sounds. Some vibrate the seat.
Even if the car ahead has NO BRAKELIGHTS at all, it works. More trustworthy than the car in front of you.
 
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