This may not be as important for the US market but Europe could be a big market. I first came across this in Europe when I was there on business in the late seventies. And it is still popular there. Mercedes Benz was big with this.
👈Do you think this could have merit for the vulnerable front wheel and rear corner of the Aptera?
These light locations are also reflectors, in many US vehicles and are adequate. However this is a three-wheeled vehicle with the front wheel “hanging out low to the ground” If it is added as “an option”(I.e., *switch on if warranted in poor visibility/night parking)...Perhaps the Aptera’s solar electric production could help “bring on the glow⚠️ “
*If I recall correctly, after that MB was powered off, switching on the blinker would illuminate the steady low illuminated/low energy night light
Since this section is for stories... While we wait to get the next Aptera announcement, as they work through their engineering work and head to the 🤞 2020 prototype vehicle, where we can “see” what the new vehicle, with all the new technology really will be... I was wondering about other less significant things, like this one: Situation: I have a keypad entrance gates to our huge community. The five access gates, each have a buried wired loop, which detects a conventional metal ICE vehicle... and opens automatically upon EXIT. It was reported...motorcycles have had difficulties to trigger the exit loop to automatically open the gate...(We have no proximity sensor beam) In an Aptera, given the vehicle composition/ ELECTRIC vehicle, I was told it may not trigger the same type of automatic exiting system as it does for my conventional vehicles. (Our gate system is pretty primitive and decades old so I trust more current systems are better or have proximity sensors, etc...) Options: If the Aptera had an on board remote (and I trust it will), like a HomeLink, a driver could simply open the gate at exiting by pressing the programmed button on the device. My two vehicles both have three buttons to operate three devices and hope Aptera plans for at least three * buttons to remotely activate devices .... as many people have two garage doors and perhaps a gate to operate... for one household alone . Of course alternatively a separate remote handheld opener will work. I suppose APPS on a smartphone could supplement multiple needs( But... I don’t like to carry more technology than I really need or dig for remote devices). I was also told this would work with the Aptera and my old gate: The quick fix is to give it a little juice while stepping on the brake. If you go forward a few inches with some power the field will pick you up. No big deal, just a unique vehicle, so in my case... this is just a matter of programming* and manually pressing a button to exit each of our gates. 🤔I wonder if there are universe mountable (concealed) remotes, where I can copy the gate code and rather that pressing my Homelink button, even for entering, a proximity sensor or geofence technology could open the gate? I.e. without letting the horses and 🐄 in from the adjacent open range property😉
I just read this and thought I would share.... The very first headlamps, introduced in the late 1880s, used either acetylene or oil as the energy source. The costs of both sources were quite high, so few motorists had the opportunity to drive when the sun was down. The first electric-powered headlights hit the market in 1898 and were featured on the Columbia Electric Car. That’s right- the first electric headlights were invented in the 19th century on an electric car! Despite its introduction, electric headlights were not immediately commonplace for a couple of reasons. First, driving an automobile at the time as not exactly a smooth ride and was tough on the filaments. Also, it was hard to produce a light that was small enough for an automobile that could provide the necessary power. The modern electrical system was introduced by Cadillac in 1912, and from there hea d lights became more universal. Still, it wasn’t until 1945 that headlights and turn signals were considered the standard in American vehicles. We’ve come a long way since 1898 and it’s almost inconceivable to think that driving at night was once impossible! Wow... we have come a long way!