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Flashing Brake Lights Discussion

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How about different light intensities depending on how you apply the brakes? ie: flashing for slamming on the brakes in a panic stop, etc.
 



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How about different light intensities depending on how you apply the brakes? ie: flashing for slamming on the brakes in a panic stop, etc.
Great safety feature for the cars following you! It's been quite a while, but one could always tell if a car ahead of you hit the brakes HARD -(even a few lengths ahead) because the back end of their car would raise up. (Old school suspensions?)
 






The flashing brake lights depending on brake pressure is prohibited by USDOT. However I have an Audi where you can enable it using a tool similar to Forscan. Seems the Europeans have adopted features like this. Similarly they have DLP headlight systems that do things like generate multiple beams, illuminate objects detected on the side of the road and "paint" messages on the road ahead of the vehicle. Audi has brought the DLP headlight systems to the U.S., but the higher tech features are disabled due to USDOT regulations.
 






Some of the unmarked vehicles we had that were mainly used for escorting visiting dignitaries etc, there was a light fixture mounted on the back that showed green when driving, amber when slowing down and red when braking. Very useful for the following vehicle in line,

Peter
 






The flashing brake lights depending on brake pressure is prohibited by USDOT. However I have an Audi where you can enable it using a tool similar to Forscan. Seems the Europeans have adopted features like this. Similarly they have DLP headlight systems that do things like generate multiple beams, illuminate objects detected on the side of the road and "paint" messages on the road ahead of the vehicle. Audi has brought the DLP headlight systems to the U.S., but the higher tech features are disabled due to USDOT regulations.
I can understand the flashing would be a distraction....but does the USDOT prohibit the brake lights increasing in intensity also?
 






A local dealer sells all their cars and trucks with the flashing brake light for the center brake light. The side brake lights do not flash.
 






A local dealer sells all their cars and trucks with the flashing brake light for the center brake light. The side brake lights do not flash.
My dealer did a vehicle trade with another dealer to get my '21 and it was equipped/pre-loaded with it. I don't really like it and I question the skills of the installer as it was likely done by an outside vendor.
 






My dealer did a vehicle trade with another dealer to get my '21 and it was equipped/pre-loaded with it. I don't really like it and I question the skills of the installer as it was likely done by an outside vendor.
I think those would be very annoying at night to the driver sitting behind such an equipped vehicle. In CA, they can't flash more the 4 times in a 4 second period to be legal.

Peter
 






I hate flashing brake lights. They are distracting, especially with today’s directionally bright LEDs.
 






I hate flashing brake lights. They are distracting, especially with today’s directionally bright LEDs.
I feel the same way about flashing headlights on a motor cycle. Very annoying.
 






There was a time in the 70s that SAAB had a single high-intensity red taillight for driving in the fog. It was manually activated. Whether it was effective I know not. You'd have to ask a Swed.
 






There was a time in the 70s that SAAB had a single high-intensity red taillight for driving in the fog. It was manually activated. Whether it was effective I know not. You'd have to ask a Swed.
My 2002 Audi A4 had a red rear fog light on the drivers side only that had to be turned on manually as well. My wife's much newer S4 does not.

I'm not a big fan of the red flashing brake lights, but the lights do get peoples attention better. I've only noticed a few European cars around my area that have them, however, all the city emergency vehicles have the flashing brake lights when braking hard.
 






I see the aftermarket stuff thrown on a lot of Honda's. It flashes 3 or 4 times quickly and then stays solid every time they brake. Not going to bother googling it but I'm sure it's some aftermarket harness that handles it. Quite annoying if you ask me.
 






I see the aftermarket stuff thrown on a lot of Honda's. It flashes 3 or 4 times quickly and then stays solid every time they brake. Not going to bother googling it but I'm sure it's some aftermarket harness that handles it. Quite annoying if you ask me.

That's a common modification on emergency vehicles as well.

It's sold with many Police Motorcycles and Fire trucks.

One or two rapid flashes followed by solid brake light sometimes called Flicker brake lights.

 












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