Mumbai, India is crowded and noisy. It should be, after all. It's the wealthiest and most populous city in India and the fifth largest city by population on the planet. This cocktail of demographics results in one big problem - traffic. While simply getting around can be tough enough, Indian drivers have developed the unfortunate habit of honking their horns. Often. At all hours of the day. And then at night. All the time.

The problem is so prevalent that manufacturers have started making louder, more durable horns for their cars. The result is, as you can hear in the video below, constant, incessant noise. To counteract this, teams across the city are working on systems that will curb the incessant honking. You can see Mayur Tekchandaney's Project Bleep, which uses a simple beeping, flashing light in the car to chide its honk-wild driver, in the video below. Another system comes from a group of engineers. Called the Oren Horn Usage Meter, it gives drivers a limited number of honks before the taillights start flashing. Police would then be able to ticket the offending drivers. Refilling the "honk allowance" would be as simple as refilling a pre-paid phone card, according to The Hindustan Times.

Both systems are being considered by the Mumbai government. Which would you prefer? How would you go about curbing the city's noise problem? Scroll down and watch the video from AFP, and then hop into Comments and let us know what you think.
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      Ducman69
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why won't people just accept the root of ALL of these problems in India? OVERPOPULATION! Despite the huge immigration of Indians into other countries around the world, they are still just having too high a birthrate to be sustainable, and it causes a myriad of problems, with traffic and the honking and rudeness that goes along with such overpopulation just a minor side effect. Look at this 2013 world population map and you can see that there are more people living inside the circle than outside of it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/05/population-map.jpg All of SE Asia needs to concentrate their primary effort before anything else to be population control. The Chinese half-heatedly attempted it, but only in the cities and with minimal enforcement, while the rural areas continue to explode filling up the cities and creating MASSIVE pollution and destruction of the environment. We cull deer and other animals when they reach not even a tiny fraction of this type of harmful overpopulation without a second thought for their own good, yet for ourselves, we aren't even willing to create tax incentives and the like to having fewer children.
        Jim R
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        That's right, we gotta keep those brown and yellow people from having too many kids. They outnumber me and that's scary because I don't like brown and yellow people. That's basically what it sounded like to me.
          qwerty999
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          Not anywhere in Ducman's comment was there any mention of race. The fact that "that's basically what it sounded like" to you, makes YOU the racist. It's not racist to say China and India have a population problem, it's a fact, and one that needs to be addressed. Are you suggesting that we just smile politely and pretend there is no problem at all because it's more important to appear politically correct than to point out a problem certain ethnicities are having?
        Stephen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        "creating MASSIVE pollution and destruction of the environment" I don't like this sub-text... that humans are the problem with the earth. News flash! Humans are more valuable than any animal. (and no we are not animals) We should be good stewards of what we posess (including the environment), but that doesn't mean we should penalize people to "save" the planet. We are a part of it. Now getting everyone to agree what being a good steward means... that is another can of worms. :-D
      Cruising
      • 8 Months Ago
      Driving in India is a terrifying experience, there is no real order and at any one given time you will have a rickshaws, trucks, bus, cars, scooters, cyclists, cart venders, cows, bullock carts all in the road at once. Everyone is trying to overtake each other all the time and in a rush. It's a amazing sight but not one place I would want to drive. The whole country is old world and new world all wrapped up in one sometimes it clashes together.
      ratsparxx
      • 8 Months Ago
      Thank freaking god. The way people make their frustrations known by honking for 5 whole minutes it ridiculous. Most people just need to get a good dose of patients. They behave like 10 year old kids when they drive. And dont even get me started on that "I'm angry so I'm going to stare at you cuz you know? Thats what tough guys do" attitude. Pathetic and down right prehistoric behavior.
      ratsparxx
      • 8 Months Ago
      Thank freaking god. The way people make their frustrations known by honking for 5 whole minutes it ridiculous. Most people just need to get a good dose of patients. They behave like 10 year old kids when they drive. And dont even get me started on that "I'm angry so I'm going to stare at you cuz you know? Thats what tough guys do" attitude. Pathetic and down right prehistoric behavior.
      Feurig
      • 8 Months Ago
      Uh, it's India. This will never change and vast majority of people there know it and accept it. Nobody cares all THAT much. Honking there may seem like a huge problem if you're from another country, but that's literally how they solve the issue of chaotic traffic (where there are almost zero rules on the road). Their traffic simply works differently and you can't do anything about it.
      safeerexus
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nuke the damn place & be done with it!
      Gorgenapper
      • 8 Months Ago
      Everytime you honk, a taser shocks you. Problem solved.
      Master Austin
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm from Miami where the horn is the most used accessory in a vehicle, so yes I get how it can be a bit too much. Of course, Miami has become more 3rd world-ish so I can see how these both relate.
        clquake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        No it's not. You'll know when Cubans swim back to Cuba.
        clquake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        No it hasn't. Not even close. You'll know it when Cubans swim back to Cuba.
        clquake
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        No it hasn't. Not even close. You'll know it when Cubans swim back to Cuba.
      Workingman
      • 4 Months Ago
      As a tourist, the non-stop honking is very, very stressful.Stop the honking and I will come back and spend my money. Until then, I will go elsewhere.
      Workingman
      • 4 Months Ago
      I would love to go back to India, but the noise from cars honking is very hard to tolerate. Stop the Honking and I'll come back...
      • 8 Months Ago
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      jirM
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why is his side mirror missing (@ 2:02 in the video)?
        MechE
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jirM
        I didn't watch the video but cars didn't always come with passenger side mirrors, even in the US. All of my parents' pre-1990 cars rocked a single mirror.
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