July 2nd, 2007

Ringtone on Car Horns

A friend of mine sent me this clip last week. It amused me. Usually, media companies are shrinking down content so it will fit on a phone. It doesn’t typically go the other way. (Amp’d’ Lil’ Bush is an exception)

Shanghai drivers switch to music horns.

Banned from honking their horns, drivers in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai are switching to music or voice recordings to make themselves heard, a local newspaper reported Wednesday. Shanghai banned honking in the downtown area beginning this month, threatening fines of up to 200 yuan ($13) for those leaning on the horn. Not even police cars are exempt, with the use of sirens banned in all but emergencies, the rules say. Yet some drivers who still feel the need to express themselves are spending up to 800 yuan ($100) for customized horns, the Shanghai Daily said. It said at least one taxi driver has converted his to a recording of a woman’s voice saying, “Please mind the car, we are making a turn.” Other horns play music, similar to a personalized cell phone ring tone.

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