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Honk pulse trigger

Trigger on the steering wheel just for quick honks.
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Problem: Sometimes I want to make a quick honk to signal another driver to be alert, move ahead, etc. The horn button on my steering wheel is so stiff that I either don't make any honk at all, or I make a really long honk that sounds angry and aggressive.

Idea: As a driver, I want a trigger (or triggers) on the steering wheel so that it is easy to send a signal honk to other drivers that need to be alerted.

Here's how it would work:

- On the steering wheel, at the 2 oclock and 10 oclock positions, there are buttons in the positions of where a person's thumbs would go. - The buttons have a very light touch and don't require much force to activate. - No matter how long or how hard the button is pushed, it sounds the horn for about 1/10th of a second.

nebosite, Jul 25 2011


       American style horns are terrible. They're so loud and angry you can hear them from miles away, friendly honks are impossible. In most places horns are much softer and used for communication between drivers like "go ahead and pass" or "okay I'm passing" instead of just "GTFO OF MY WAYYY!!!" +
DIYMatt, Jul 25 2011

       This would be less angry and aggressive by virtue of its brevity? Would it pulse? Many staccato honks? I could get into that, because currently you must drum on the horn with both fists to accomplish this, which can be dangerous at speed.
bungston, Jul 25 2011

       On a motorcycle, the horn is right under your thumb (usually the left one, for some reason). It takes some getting used to before you stop bumping it as you get on and off or just resting your thumb on it as you cruise. I think putting the horn on the rim of a steering wheel would cause a lot more accidental honkings.   

       Additionally, in the U.S. at least, it is illegal to mount anything at all on the rim of the steering wheel. This wasn't always the case, which is why you occassionally find old cars with "suicide" knobs.
Alterother, Jul 25 2011

       Farmer John had an idea for an Analogue horn, I think. Not the same, but with a similar goal.
Ling, Jul 26 2011

       I agree with [Ling]. Seems like we have done this before, but my hand is too lazy to look. Now that's lazy.
blissmiss, Jul 26 2011


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