When you’re on the road, a beeping car horn can only mean two things: you’ve just fucked up, or you just about to fuck up. While the sound of a beeping car horn can instil terror in the hearts of many, I’m sure we’d all struggle to take road rage seriously if we slapped a novelty horn on the car and went on our merry way.
Which is exactly what the researchers at Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea expect to happen by using a duck quacking instead of a regular horn in order to alert people to danger without stressing out those in the vicinity.
Since we’re bamboozled with all sorts of annoying and invasive sounds today, the good people at Soongsil University decided they’d try and tackle noise pollution from cars by using a duck quack instead. The quacking sound was chosen after it was tested by over 100 different people and appeared to be the best fit.
Lead researcher Professor Myung-Jin Bae said: “In our study we used the existing historic Klaxon sound source, but made some modification concerning its volume and rhythm with duration time by adding a power controller.
“Our new Klaxon sound can immediately alert the pedestrians of the danger while also reducing the unpleasantness and stress of the sound.”
I’m not entirely sure if a duck quacking is going to command the attention that you’d expect from a car horn, but I’m bloody excited to see anyway.
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