This ‘groundbreaking’ decision has been taken due to changing attitudes towards driving in modern France, and also the fact that it has never been more useful for other motorists to have a clear idea of the direction in which a vehicle driver intends to take their vehicle at junctions, roundabouts or between lanes on the motorway.
In this revolutionary approach to road safety, the minister went on to say:
“Earlier this year, we conducted a three-month study of French drivers, and one major outcome from this research was that drivers were finding it difficult at times to accurately predict when a motorist intended to turn off a major road or take a certain exit at a roundabout.”
“We then looked at vehicles from other countries, and we observed that many of them have a small stick attached to the left of the steering wheel that can be raised or lowered – this in turn then sends a signal to one of two sets of flashing lights that are attached to the exterior of the vehicle.”
“When other motorists see this external signal, they can then accurately adjust their own driving actions to avoid being forced off the road into a ditch or head-first into a bus stop full of people.”
The minister added:
“French drivers can look forward to a number of intelligent safety innovations in 2019, such as brakes, mirrors and drivers using their eyes.”