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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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Another great safety idea to prevent lane change accidents would be for the Volt to have rear turn indicators (or turn signals in American) instead of the flashing brake lights seen on most GM cars.
The reason America has never gone to the amber turn indicator is that it has never been shown to actually reduce the number accidents and it adds additional cost to the car.
Perhaps. But the number of times I've had to make evasive maneuvers or stand on the brakes to avoid an accident is unacceptably high. It could also be that I learned to drive in a country that required amber indicators, hence the red just does not register in my brain. This is particularly true when (most) people initiate the lane change at the same moment as they turn the indicator on.
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