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Honk/Horn Language Proposal for Federal Union of India

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After practising driving for more than 15 years and experimenting with DD, I feel honking is part of life, though I use this "feature" sparingly. But seeing other folks who restlessly honk in this crowded world of India, may I propose a new honking code language specific to India. Something similar to ASCII, morse codes? 

I am ok and happy if you LOL (Laugh-Out-Loud) first. Relax , enjoy and think eccentrically a bit:) This is a semi-serious proposal. And copy-righted to Praja.in :)

 

The draft proposal is rouhgly in standard format used by reputed Internet stanards organisation 

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Status of this Memo

This is still a conceptual idea

 

Copyright Notice

 

 

Copyright (c) Praja.in and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved- 2012

 

 

Abstract

 

This document contains proposed standard for honking in Federal Union of India. The document contains the background of such proposal, the table of proposed codes and their details. Discussions to be held online at Praja.in

Index

TBD

Introduction

The honking (also called horn India) is part of Indian driving culture. It has become now  people of India can not un-learn it,unless they travel abroad where they change their culture overnight. The honking is most of the occations is "a must" and "justified" in the view of the driver, while for other person its irriation. There are no doubts in many many other occations honking saves life of many human beings and animals on road. Honking is absolutly a must to wake up a person on mobile-or-sleeping bull-or-happily walking buffelo (almost all of them equivalent status). But generally, animals like cats, dogs are more alert and do not require honking. They are more alert than their peers in human race in India. 

Further, though honking in the elsewhere world is also used as expression of anger and sometimes celeberation,  in India has evolved much further. So it is felt that an offical code to be developed and implemented

Conventions used in this document

 

In examples, "H:" and "R:" indicate lines sent by the Honk and Response respectively.

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted carefully.In this document, these words will appear with that interpretation   only when in ALL CAPS. Lower case uses of these words are not to be    interpreted as giving same meaning.

Certain symbols like <D> to be  interpreted as human (learned) driver, where as <A> may be used to indicate animals and/or equivalent drivers/riders, padestrians.

Table of Honking Code

 

Horn Code Honk Pattern Audio Sample Situation/s Applicable to Response Expected Expected Benefit Comments
01

Long horn

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  Panic <A> No Response Prolonged honk may wakeup  
02

Short beep

-

  To indicate presense <D> May give way    
03              
04              

 

Health Considerations

To be written by Praja members

Legal Considerations

To be written by Praja members

Safety Considerations

 

 

 

 

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Lets go for wiki-style development :) Let me know this goes. 

 

Comments

silkboard's picture

sounds different, but why not?

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Bheema, some people may LOL and all, but why not!?

BTW, the concept exists, there is a honking code in use by India railways. In my college days, I used to spend lots of time with the drivers, sitting in the engine room, to see how they work :)

One I remember for sure is - short-short-long. This one indicates chain pulling.

Bheema.Upadhyaya's picture

@silkboard

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Thanks for first comment. I am going to expand this document as and when I get time and energy. Plannning to add sound samples too :). Should some people are interested to participate, I will make it as Praja wiki document. And this one nicely fits into our DDC porject  as extension. But so far people seems to be simply LOLing, not taking it in. :) I see 57 reads for this article as of now.

We know how hard it is when it comes to ground:)

 

 

" My mantra to public bodies=> Enable->Educate->Enforce. Where does  DDC  fit?"
blrpraj's picture

very nice

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quiet hilarious.  How about adding some more patterns

Continous..beep beeeeeep, beep beeeeep, beep beeeeep to indicate = i am in a hurry, make way.

Or, the ear shattering air horns on the highways (i can't come up with a way to describe it here since most of them are musical) which indicates...i am a big heavy vehicle (most probably a rcklessly speeding bus) if you value your life get the hell out of my way; i own the road.

Bheema.Upadhyaya's picture

I have few samples recorded today. Please suggest..

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Exercise for Prajas. Fit these patterns into table:)

Link to honk patterns : http://soundcloud.com/bheema-upadhyaya/sets/honk-patterns

First ever record in this project : http://soundcloud.com/bhe...

 

Horn Code Honk Pattern Audio Sample Situation/s Applicable to Response Expected Expected Benefit Comments
01

Long horn

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  Panic <A> No Response Prolonged honk may wakeup  
02

Short beep

-

  To indicate presense <D> May give way    
03              
04              
 

 

" My mantra to public bodies=> Enable->Educate->Enforce. Where does  DDC  fit?"
Bheema.Upadhyaya's picture

Nice reach : 109 reads

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But no volunteering so far , to update honk pattern table :)  Any comments on sound recordings? Anything to improve?

On lighter note: Planning to "spam" this post everyday to keep it "hot" :)

 

Legend :

 "-"      Honk of 0.5 sec approx (of what sound level? xxx dB)

"__"(underscore)   Honk of 1 sec approx (of what sound level? xxx dB)

 

Horn Code Honk Pattern Pattern Audio Sample Situation/s Applicable to Response Expected Expected Benefit Comments
01

Short Beep

     - Audio Just to let driver in front to know there exists another vehicle behind him/her <A> No Response   Commentsplease..
02

Short beep

-

__ Audio To indicate presense <D> May give way    
03 Fill here   Audio Fill here        
04 Fill here   Audio Fill here        
 
05 Fill here   Audio Fill here        
06 Fill here   Audio Fill here        
                 

 

 

" My mantra to public bodies=> Enable->Educate->Enforce. Where does  DDC  fit?"

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