Cars Of The Future Probably Won’t Have Horns

Self-driving and autonomous vehicles do not have a perfect safety record, they have several strange accidents under their belt.

Lights, sounds, and patterns could soon be replacing all the street honking with a more complex language, major car brands like Ford, VW, and Zoox say. Other companies including, Apple, BMW, GM, Mercedez Benz, Uber, and Toyota are also looking for common grounds. They have all voluntarily disclosed their safety self-assessments with the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

We set out to develop a common language that vehicles can share with other road users,” Ford says. The company presented a proposal for a white light bar mounted near the top of the windshield. The bar is visible to pedestrians or cyclists. The bar alerts if the car is driving itself, braking, or dropping off, and can even track moving people.