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Side Markers and Altimeter

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Howdy everyone, I've just returned from a road trip through the southern US and was looking at some of the threads that showed up while I was away.

I saw one thread where someone was wanting some Volt emblems on the side of the vehicle that lit up and such and that got me thinking about whether or not the Volt will have side marker turn signals on the front fender just behind the wheel. I would like to see this on the vehicle because I think it is a great safety feature to allow other motorists to sometimes see easier that you are wanting to make a lane change. I know this is standard on Euro vehicles but American vehicles have been slow to adopt this although I think GM is starting to put it on some models.

Also, I think that an altimeter would be cool to have as part of the on board computer display. Most, if not all, vehicles now have an outside temp display and a compass but I don't think I've seen an altimeter display. I think it would be cool to have especially when on a road trip and travelling through mountain passes. It would be nice to know how high or low you've travelled. My digital camera has a built in altimeter because it is made for diving to certain depths so putting something like that in should be easy to do.
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Well, it's good to hear that some people are confident in believing that the Volt will have indicators on the sides of the vehicle. I for one notice these all the time on vehicles that have them when I am side by side with someone that wants to make a lane change. The indicators might not appear to make much of a difference if you look at whatever studies have been done but that could very easily be accredited to drivers who are not aware of their surrounding (ie. not noticing the indicators when someone wants to make a move) or becuase drivers don't use indicators at all (when will people learn!!)

Maybe instead of indicators lights on the side of a vehicle there should be some sort of arrow flap that pops out of the fender above the front wheel a few feet so that other motorists can see that someone is going to be changing lanes.
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