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    The horn on the Roadster is pretty serious. Of course, sometimes that doesn't help much. Once I was being squeezed off the road by an SUV changing lanes, and the more I beeped the horn, the more the guy looked around for a truck somewhere, and just kept coming faster. The Model S is somewhat more visible, but still...

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    Who will be the first to post a recording?

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    The horn sounds pretty loud to me, not wimpy at all.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    jerry33, I'm not sure where you drive, but a loud horn is an important safety issue.

    Let me put it this way, without sounding like too much of an @$$h0l3, I hope.

    Think of how focused and/or intelligent the average person's driving behavior is.

    Now think that 50% of the population is worse than that.

    Sometimes people need to be reminded to pay attention or to look where they are going.

    Like you, I don't use a horn often, and in fact because there are a lot of bicyclers around me, I try to avoid using it as they have a tendency to make things worse when startling bikers.

    People applying makeup or daydreaming are another story.

    I have escaped a couple of accidents with my horn in the past and wimpy horn are easily ignored in places where people tend to lay on the horn often. To cut through the din you need a strong horn IMHO.

    Of course, YMMV.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceilidh View Post
    Think of how focused and/or intelligent the average person's driving behavior is.

    Now think that 50% of the population is worse than that.
    Of course that's a description of the mean, not the average but the thought is certainly correct.

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    People applying makeup or daydreaming are another story.

    I have escaped a couple of accidents with my horn in the past and wimpy horn are easily ignored in places where people tend to lay on the horn often. To cut through the din you need a strong horn IMHO.

    Of course, YMMV.
    I agree that for the kind of situations you describe, louder is basically better. The couple of times I've used the horn, it's just to remind someone that the light is green and has been for some time and that situation generally doesn't call for a loud horn--I realize there are places where some time is measured in nanoseconds and then you'd need a horn that is louder than the other cars around you to be heard. Other than that the horn mostly just gives me something to do while waiting for the crash.
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    Agreed.

    And your correction takes me back to my abhorrent statistics (so utterly boring, yet so importantly useful for scientific assessment) classes but you are absolutely correct. Mean, Median, and Mode are often confused and important to separate from one another as they imply or indicate different things entirely.

    Mea culpa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceilidh View Post
    PS-I also must ask if you are a fan of Sir Arthur C. Clarke or just enjoying the lampoon you use as your sig quote. The quote you are referencing is one of my personal favorites, and each time I see your sig I smile.
    Well, I've read many of Sir Arthur C. Clarke's books but that lampoon comes from a chapter heading in The Wizardy Compiled by Rick Cook. The full quote is:

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. --Clarke's law
    Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology. --Murphy's reformulation of Clarke's law
    Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from a rigged demonstration. --programmer's restatement of Murphy's reformulation of Clarke's law
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceilidh View Post

    Think of how focused and/or intelligent the average person's driving behavior is.

    Now think that 50% of the population is worse than that.
    Quote Originally Posted by jerry33 View Post
    Of course that's a description of the mean, not the average but the thought is certainly correct.
    Well, technically the mean is the average. The value with half of a probability distribution above and half below is the median.

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    Not to mention that there are certain states where drivers are far, far worse than others and a horn is needed more.

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    There was a recording of the horn in the Fremont test drive (or a week or two later, I forget). FYI.

    Edit...

    Here you go:
    http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showt...l=1#post156910

    Yup, Fremont.
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