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Blog Tesla Patent Hints at Automated Turn Signals

Discussion in 'Autonomous Vehicles' started by TMC Staff, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. TMC Staff

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    A new patent filing suggests Tesla plans to offer an automated turn signaling feature. The patent filing describes a system that leverages the car’s cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to activate turn signals without human input. The filing description says: This disclosure discloses various vehicle technologies for automatically activating a turn signal when a vehicle...
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  2. SkagitDoug

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    So, "This disclosure discloses," huh?
     
  3. Darmie

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    Wow, every driver can benefit from this. There are cars on the highway with over 150,000 miles and the turn signal switch shows no sign of wear.
     
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    The point of turn signals is to indicate your intentions to other drivers. I'm going to be very impressed when the car knows what my intentions are! Or, very worried. :eek:
     
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    This is a no brainier... You turn the wheel more than 15 or more degrees and the indicator turns on and stays on until you go back to center +-5 degrees. Thanks tesla!

    Teala please don't make this a autopilot only feature.
     
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    Not clear what Level Autonomy here. I see this as obvious in a L4 or L5 car. What's next, automatic 4WD on rough terrain. Isn't this all a given whenever the car decides for itself? If not, there's a whole host of inventions waiting to be trolled upon. Better snatch them up Tesla!
     
  7. zmarty

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    This is not related to autonomy much. It is a driver's aid.
     
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  8. SOULPEDL

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    Oh, you're right, I didn't see the link to WIPO. Interesting, they're including ICE cars too. I smell royalties. Would be a good feature at night especially.

    Another good one... when I turn on my signals and people don't let me in (and even close the gap rudely), I swerve really quickly then watch. They always back off!

    Can I have that as part of this invention - "Auto swerve on lane changes"? Works every time, especially if you're towing something.
     
  9. S-2000 Roadster

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    Great.

    Turn signals are supposed to provide advance notice. A pet peeve are those drivers who wait until they're already turning the wheel and just lazily engage the turned signal as the wheel passes the arm. That's not enough of a warning. I can see that your car is turning at that point!

    Seems like Tesla's patent can only indicate the obvious.

    If they could actually provide advance notice of a turn, that would be really helpful to the other (human) drivers.
     
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  10. A.N van Baalen

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    The Tesla new computer gadget only shall cost electricity, so again reducing the mileage, the same as using the air-conditioning or heater, windscreen wipers,making it so never to reach the 360 mile driving as advertised, have tested other electric and hybrids which have the same problems, after having talked to owners of those kind of vehicles, never reaching the recommended mileage. Elon Musk has tried to solve that problem by trying to use gearing, but miserable failed in doing so has to invent other computer gadgets to keep interest for his cars, plus that TESLA cars don't save air-pollution either, only transfer the exhaust gas expulsion to the fossil fuel burning power stations
    I have developed a system for electric propelled cars utilising automatic gearing, extending the use of the electrical battery energy, plus that the car recharges energy back into the battery bank when driving along, so that my developed system for electric cars shall make them drive the same distance as internal combustion engine driven cars, 500 to 600 mile, before having to recharge. At the moment developing a secondary recharging system, for while the car is driving, an extra battery bank to be recharged as a hybrid assistance, when not having reached a charging station, so extra mileage is required. This system specifically for Third world countries which can't afford the layout of extensive networks of charging stations
    Having tried to interest other electric car developers, who are so self centred that they don't have the decency to acknowledge receiving their emails
    I am looking for a Sponsor to carry on with the further development, and produce a longer distance driving and more environmentally automobile for the future
     
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    Ahh you drive in New Jersey too I see!! :)
     
  12. SOULPEDL

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    I'm in Chandler Az (FSD Ground Zero). They do that in Jersey?
     
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    Another way to save on energy is to stop breathing. Just sayin'
     
  14. Boran

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    The indicators will turn on as you are turning or changing lanes.
    They are called indicators, i.e they indicate your intention to turn or change lane. They are not called Doers i.e I'm doing this so watch out.
    I see many drivers approach a turn, slow down, put on the brakes and then the indicators as they are turning. Pointless! The people behind you have already worked out you are turning.
    You should indicate well before you initiate a turn or a lane change to give the people behind time to adjust to your intention.

    Pointless update i.m.h.o.
     
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    Maybe one use would be triggered by the use of turn x turn nav......so it does know our [initial] intentions already.
    Disclosure is vague, but I’d consider nav inputs as suitable “data” to be analyzed.
     

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