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Tesla autopassing tech could get by regulations with turn signal activation

It's One Way To Make The Driver Engage

To make its auto-passing system work with insurance liability in the real world, Tesla might force drivers to switch on their turn signal to activate the autonomous tech.

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Man has surgery to remove T-Bird turn signal that's been in his arm for 51 years

In 1963, real estate agent Arthur Lampitt was driving a new Ford Thunderbird near East Peoria, Illinois on his way to an appointment when he collided head-on with a truck. No one noticed the fact that the turn-signal stalk had been broken off the steering column and had lodged itself in Lampitt's arm.

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Audi pushing DOT to allow its sequential LED turn signals [w/videos]

Still in the process of trying to get its trick LED Matrix Beam headlights legalized in the US, Audi is now trying to get its front and rear sequential LED turn signals approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just like its auto-

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Turn signal neglect results in over twice as many crashes as distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken dead aim at stamping out distracted driving and with good reason. Last year, inattentive drivers caused around 950,000 accidents. But according to a new study by the Society of Automotive Engineers, there'

Followup: Toyota bomb scares due to... Nigerian turn signal inventor?

Authorities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have finally determined the origin of the four suspicious packages that were mailed to various Toyota facilities last week. Turns out the boxes were filled with wires, relays and film canisters from a Zach Bowman

Ford adding three-blink function to turn signals

It's fitting that Ford's first European offering to swim over this way will bring with it another feature that The Continent can take credit for: tap-for-three-blinks turn signal operation. It will appear on the Fiesta this summer, and then migrate to other vehicles in the 2011 line-up, starting with the Jonathon Ramsey

LaneFX blind spot exposure system lets you see your sides - UPDATED

Blind spot detection systems that warn drivers when a vehicle is playing hide-and-seek in your blindspot using visual and audible alerts have already debuted on production vehicles. Volvo's got such a system on the new S80 and Audi on its Q7. Driveaware is a third-party company that took a different approach than the OEMs when developing its new product called LaneFX. Rather than detecting an oncoming vehicle, LaneFX automatically moves the corresponding powe

Custom blinker tones to replace ringtones in popularity?

Could it happen? CNET pundit Rafe Needleman let us know via email he asked this very question after reading a Ford press release that reveals turn signals of today emit a digital tone that has been meticulously engineered by dudes in white labcoats. In the past that familiar clicking sound that accompanied those flashing green arrows was caused by a mechanical relay. With the electronic revolution having banished nearly all mechanical operations in a car besides the engine itself, it’s fea

Survey: lane-changing drivers skipping signals

In what can only be described as a piercing glimpse into the obvious, a national survey by Response Insurance reveals that a remarkable 57-percent of U.S. drivers don't use their turn signals when changing lanes. Even more amazing (frightening?) is that 7-percent of those drivers confess that they don't signal because it "adds excitement to driving"!