It only takes a few weeks of living in a busy city where the streets and sidewalks are crammed with tourists to appreciate the genius behind Yosef Lerner’s Pedestrian Horn invention. It makes the most useful feature of a car—it’s blaring horn—available to those who prefer to walk.
Worn around the neck with a seatbelt strap so that the steering wheel—which appears to have been lifted from a swanky Cadillac—hangs at the perfect height to make the horn button readily and easily accessible. Lerner demonstrates the extreme usefulness of his creation in a video shot in and around Manhattan where, not surprisingly, it’s just as effective at grabbing the attention of drivers as it is at startling selfie-snapping tourists. Why do people feel the need to frame their photos in the middle of a busy sidewalk when visiting a different city?
Lerner has listed the Pedestrian Horn as being available for sale on his personal website for $699, which sounds a little expensive until you find yourself trying to fight your way past a group of people who’ve decided to catch up on the past 30 years of their lives at a busy intersection. In those moments, $699 to honk your way through sounds like an absolute bargain. Unfortunately, the Pedestrian Horn might be a one-off creation, which means if you’re not the person who manages to snag it, you might one day find yourself on the receiving end of its obnoxious honk.
Update, 9:46am EST: Lerner reached out to Gizmodo to let us know that a limited run of 10 Pedestrian Horns will be manufactured and sold through his website.
Update, November 12, 9:27am EST: Lerner has decided to remove the Pedestrian Horn from his website and will no longer sell it feeling the product conflicts with the message in the video he created. “No reason to contribute to any more noise in this city!”