Did our amber turn signal campaign bring results at FCA?

Long ago, aCarPlace — this site — started a campaign to bring amber turn signals back to the United States. Lighting expert Daniel Stern has pointed out that amber turn signals save lives, by making it clear and obvious that a brake light is a brake light, not a turn signal (especially when cars have a burned out light on one side). Research has shown that even that momentary clarity has a measurable impact, when blown up to a national scale.

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Fiat Chrysler today announced both a new automatic braking system, and the greater use of amber turn signals starting with the 2019 Ram, Wrangler, and Cherokee. Not all trim levels will have them, but amber-colored turn signals will apparently be available on some trims or as an option. It’s a start.

FCA also announced that its automatic emergency braking strategy would move. The company committed to an effective sensor-fusion technology back in 2016, which reduces false alarms and prevents Tesla-like “the camera didn’t see it” failures. The 2019 Ram 1500 is the first of their vehicles to consolidate the cameras and radar sensors behind the rearview mirror; in the past, the radar sensors were in the grille. That may increase reliability, since the radar sensor will be shielded from the elements. In any case, Ram was able to move the maximum speed for reaching a full stop to prevent a front collision from 25 mph to 31 mph.

The 2019 Ram 1500 is also the first pickup with dual LED projectors in an adaptive system which directs beams according to steering-wheel input.

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3 Comments

  1. We are so used to amber in Australia, flashing red could be confused with a brake light I guess.

  2. I applaud your efforts to push for amber rear turn signals, and I believe a public component to your campaign would help the cause. There are many enthusiast forums which have been popping up with the same basic thread asking why don’t automakers use amber in North America across all models like they do in the rest of the world. I believe a petition with many thousands of signatures may be of help. People are going through the trouble of buying Euro lights for their vehicles and reprogramming them at great expense. Here are just some examples of recent forums:

    https://jalopnik.com/important-what-do-we-think-about-amber-rear-turn-indic-1576554304

    https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/yellow-amber-rear-turn-indicators.91667/

    https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?230379-XC90-Red-Turn-Signals

    https://model3ownersclub.com/threads/amber-turn-signals.6380/

    https://g30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1316434

    https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=788590

    https://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/169-2g-accessories-performance-parts-modifications/138169-there-option-mod-amber-rear-turn-signals.html

    There are countless more. I think when gathered together there is something here, considering many manufacturers may assume people don’t notice this stuff.

    Thank you.

  3. Note: It seems my previous comment did not post due to links I included.

    I applaud your efforts for what you are doing, and had sent you several links of recent forum threads that have popped up all over the place with the same idea: people want amber turn signals, and are willing to go so far as ordering the Euro sets and reprogramming their vehicles’ computers are great expense to be able to have the safer amber signals. That is quite remarkable considering that manufacturers probably assume buyers don’t even notice the color of rear turn signal.

    I believe your campaign could use a public component, perhaps an ongoing collection of signatures and comments. You could easily collect thousands over time that show people are using amber rear turn signal color as a criteria for buying. The way to do it would be to add posts to the multiple forums out there. I don’t want to send you links again for fear of this comment being rejected, but if you just google amber rear turn signals forum you will see many threads on the first few pages. Jalopnik had one with hundreds of comments.

    Please keep pushing, because once a few manufacturers do it the rest will follow!

    Thank you again for your efforts to bring universal amber rear turn signals to North America.

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