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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking? 267

blastboy writes "The potential upside to getting rid of drivers: 'Today car horns are still a leading source of noise pollution in urban centers. India's honking problem is so severe that the response to it—from both activists and government officials—mirrors the response to an actual epidemic. Officials in Peru, meanwhile, began treating honking like a serious crime in 2009, threatening to confiscate the cars of people who honk when they shouldn't.'"
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

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  • Re:No horns? (Score:5, Informative)

    by damnbunni ( 1215350 ) on Friday January 31, 2014 @09:49PM (#46125475) Journal

    In my experience cows are rarely impressed by car horns.

    And moose ignore them completely. You sit there till the moose decides to wander off to do whatever it is that moose do when they're not blocking traffic.

    I'm not gonna ask. A moose's business is its own.

  • by DNS-and-BIND ( 461968 ) on Saturday February 01, 2014 @02:47AM (#46126713) Homepage

    In America, honking your car horn is an expression of anger. It is calling the other driver out that he is doing something unsafe or stupid. If someone doesn't move when a light turns green, you have to "bip" your horn by tapping lightly. A full-on honk might make the other driver get out and try to kick your ass.

    Overseas, it's different. Honking the horn just says, "I'm here." It's an auditory announcement of where you are. This is very important, as other drivers frequently don't watch where they're going. When you pass, you need to honk the horn so the other driver doesn't suddenly decide to change lanes into your car. I ride an electric moped, and my electric piezo horn is my most important safety device other than the brakes. It announces my presence so people don't hit me. Taxis honk when they pass me - it doesn't mean they're mad, it just means "I'm here."

"If it's not loud, it doesn't work!" -- Blank Reg, from "Max Headroom"