For ordinary people, the indicators are activated via a switch to the left of the steering wheel. There are of course exceptions, but this is now, and has been for over 50 years, the “norm”. For its new Model 3 Highland, Tesla has decided to move the controller behind the steering wheel and put the turn signal operating buttons on the steering wheel itself. Since then, a controversy has grown over this choice, with some wanting (demanding?) that Tesla return to a classic lift.
However, it is not the first manufacturer not to follow the standard when it comes to indicators. If we take the motorcycle, certain manufacturers like BMW or Harley-Davidson had their own mode of operation before near standardization came from Japan. In automobiles, Ferrari is one of the most famous manufacturers to put two buttons on the steering wheel to indicate left or right.
But, then, what could possibly anger Tesla fans like this? Obviously, the buttons are not physical but tactile. And this is where the problem lies since there is a risk of activating the flasher without realizing it, or of activating the wrong side. And what about roundabouts where you will have to be skillful and quick to turn on the indicator at the right time. Already with a commodo this is rarely the case, then with tactile buttons… Since then, debate has raged within the Tesla community, a bit like it takes place with each new product at Apple.