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Audi has long been the carmaker that introduces some of the finest new lighting technologies found on production cars. However, the government is not always all that keen to see the light of these new systems. This is why Audi has been forced to continue its battle the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Audi’s soon-to-be-released 2015 Audi A8 is to be fitted with a new sequential forward turn signal, an indicator made up of a series of lights. The first problem is that the lights on their own are not large enough to meet federal regulations. Audi, meanwhile, says that the lights are part of a larger whole that together are indeed large enough to meet American safety regulations.

The other part of Audi’s problem is that NHTSA is not able to rewrite its rules to make Audi’s new turn signals road legal until it has responded and possibly rewritten the rules on lighting in response to an earlier petition filed by Toyota.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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