Honda has announced a major update to the conventional vehicle horn with the introduction of Honda Horn Emojis, an integrated vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-human communications system for the modern driver. Offered as standard technology on the all-new 2018 Odyssey minivan, launching in the U.S.A,, Honda Horn Emojis offer more expressive horn sounds than a traditional car horn, providing drivers a contemporary way of communicating.
Integrated into the steering of the new 2018 Honda Odyssey, Honda Horn Emojis are easy to access and safe to use in a multitude of situations, such as the Rush Hour Traffic emoji, which helps share the pain of being stuck in traffic with other drivers. Honda Horn Emojis also include the Happy Honda Honk emoji that enables the driver to say “hello” to passersby, and the Honda Dog emoji, which is silent to humans but warns canines of approaching vehicles, among others.
To make a more personal and expressive horn, Honda utilized data compiled by social scientists and audiologists to identify situations in which the horn can best communicate the driver’s emotions, and through their findings, developed sounds to express specific emotions that are deployed through the new Honda Horn Emojis.
Research showed that anger is the number one reason the driver uses a standard horn. Honda’s goal was to take horn expression to the next level by expanding the emotional spectrum into other audio-based gestures such as happiness, love and empathy. Through the rigorous development process, Honda engineers have achieved a seamless transition from a traditional horn to Honda Horn Emojis. Honda Horn Emojis were developed by Honda Dream Labs, the same creative folks behind the HondaVac, the world’s first in-car vacuum that debuted in the previous generation Odyssey minivan.
Honda Horn Emojis will come standard on the 2018 Honda Odyssey, and join the available advanced connectivity and technology features that will debut on the sleek, sophisticated and innovative new Minivan.
New Honda Odyssey Minivan
Already the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for seven years running, the next-generation Odyssey brings a host of new features and technologies for 2018, including Horn Emojis, plus available features including: uniquely versatile new Magic Slide™ second-row seats, new CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies, new Display Audio touchscreen with Honda-developed OS, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, new Rear Entertainment System with streaming video, and Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, now offered standard on EX and above trims.
The new Honda Odyssey was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas. The Odyssey and its 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine will be manufactured exclusively at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. The Odyssey’s new 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced at the company’s plant in Tallapoosa, Georgia. The 2018 Odyssey is the second generation Odyssey to be designed and developed in North America and the fourth generation to be manufactured exclusively in the States.