h a l f b a k e r y
Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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On those occasions when somebody cuts you off or
does something dumb that you want to honk at, but don't
want to bother everybody around you.
My 12 year old's idea. I thought it was cute.
||Or it could be personal in the sense that it only honks for
one specific person, the target.
||When you honk your horn, an eye-tracker detects which car
youre looking at and
sends the honking waves only in that direction using a
transmitter. Everyones cars would have wireless receivers
for personal honks, and
automatically play them over the internal speakers when
received. That way you
can make bad drivers feel guilty without annoying the
innocent drivers around you.
||If you dont think you could get a law passed requiring every
car to have the honk
receiver, you could change the wireless transmitter to a
roof-mounted parabolic speaker that sends sound only at a
||Some kind of wireless connectivity might be the way
to go for that.
||As for who you direct the honk at, perhaps the
vehicle sensors could tell which vehicle was doing
something unsafe and direct the honk only to them.
So if it senses a car coming unsafely close while
changing lanes it sends any honk signal you may send
out to them.
||Incidentally, we were driving and I said I thought it
would be cool if car horns had both "Bark" and
"Growl" settings and she suggested this idea which I
thought was much better.
||I do this verbally, only not with a horn sound.