Motorists consider the car horn as a communication tool to signal their intention while on the road. The horn, which has been around for nearly a century, has been used to let other road users know that you’re around and that you want to perform a certain driving move. This is especially true in the Philippines, where many Filipinos use the seemingly simple accessory to “say” things like “open the gate”, “get out of my way”, or even call a newspaper boy to come over to their vehicle, while stuck in traffic.
A lot of electronic devices nowadays, meanwhile, contain “emojis” or emotional icons (also known as emoticons) that help one express his or her sentiments and emotions when sending out a text or private message. It represents our words and feelings when we ourselves cannot be physically resent to say or show them.
Honda has taken a cue from these two modern-day inventions and come up with the Honda Horn Emoji. As the name suggests, the car horn has ben tweaked with a few expressive notes to allow motorists to signal their intent in a more persona manner.
If one wants to greet a familiar face on the street, for instance, the Happy Honda Honk will let one hear just how glad you are to see them. Then there is an emoji specifically designed for showing just how disgusted one feels while stuck in traffic. And of course, a wide range of emojis are available on the horn pad to suit your different moods and let the world know how you feel behind the wheel.
Developed by Honda Dream Laboratories using data taken by social scientists and audiologists, the Honda Horn Emojis will make their debut on the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey, which will hit US dealerships within a few weeks. A standard feature on the new minivan, the cool new device should make horn honking just a tad more interesting. As for us Filipinos, we hope they can come up with a horn that will show just how frustrating it is to be stuck on EDSA. On second thought, even that might be too profane for emotions.