The Future of Car Horns with Ankit Patel of Meerya, LLC
Everyone knows what a car horn is. That is a simple statement to make. But you may not be aware of some of the effects that the car horn might have on not only people driving the car or those who are outside of it. Meerya, LLC is a new generation of car horn technology, working towards the eduction of others and also the change in the auto industry and the car horns installed in today's vehicles. Ankit Patel, CEO of Meerya, LLC talked with us at First Frontier Forward about his research and what is coming for the future.
Based out of Bedford, Pennsylvania, Patel talks about the idea behind the Universal Smart Horn. "Meerya is based on the idea of making and helping drivers communicate more efficiently." The only tool most drivers have to communicate with others on the road is the horn. Patel got inspired to create this new horn from his father. "The idea behind the universal smart horn came about from my father who used to do this kind of work in India. He noticed that horns were burning out very quickly in his auto repair shop, so he tried to find out how to build a horn that would last longer. That's how we started."
Patel and his team went through reviews on what customers were looking for out of a product like theirs. Through customer discovery, Patel and the team found that people were considering horns to be monotone, loud, aggressive, but still said that it was the only tool used for vehicles to communicate to one another. "That really triggered us to understand or to try to understand," Patel says. He went on, asking a question, saying, "How do we build a tool or communication tool for the future to help, not only drivers but to also help smart vehicles, self-driving vehicles, industrial construction vehicles. This way, we help reduce unnecessary noise but we also enhance safety for you and your loved ones."
Here are the two most important things Meerya, LLC are going to do with their new smart horn device:
Reduce aggression associated with the horn itself.
Give faster warnings to vehicles.
When we talk about aggression, we aren't just talking about the drivers who are using the horns but the aggressive behavior that it sometimes brings on for other people who are hearing the horn itself. Think of it like this: Imagine having a single car honk at you for pausing too long at a stop sign in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Now, imagine walking on the sidewalks besides multiple lanes of condensed traffic in New York City, New York. That is two different ends of a very long spectrum. How are these people being affected by the horns?
Patel talks about how studies have been done showing the effects of car horns on other people. They show that there have no only been increases in stress and anxiety but also with high blood pressure. these people aren't just those in the vehicles, but also pedestrians, people riding bicycles, and motorcycle riders. So, what are your thoughts of this smart horn?
If you are interested in learning more about how the horn works and its creator, be sure to check out Meerya, LLC's website and their informational videos.
We want to thank Ankit Patel for his time and for becoming a part of the First Frontier Forward family! For his complete interview with Rob Z, go to the link below. Also, don't forget to check out Meerya, LLC's social media for updates on their smart horn and new projects!
Informational Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kP0kr0H49w&fbclid=IwAR1RSpXdAu9cJDWGQ5kz8oLgLpSgdDhrg4eTyDqlz2CjadObTnqnEzB1ZLQ