Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but in my experience most people who honk the horn just do so to be assholes. If you live in a densely populated neighborhood where the houses go right up to the sidewalk, a few too many honking assholes can really ruin the blissful silence of the urban hellhole (which actually is pretty quiet most of the time). Sure there are good reasons to honk, I'd just put them at about 5% of actually honking.
Anyway, no worries. It's 2016 and we still don't have our automated cars, honking or no honking, which we won't have in my lifetime. That's one of my more unpopular opinions, for some reason, even though I'm pretty sure I'm powerless to affect the course of events on this one. Just don't think they're going to happen (yes, more automated, yes more cruise control plus, but no getting 95% of the way there isn't enough). I don't even worry about safety, though that depends on how you look at it. It won't be that hard to get them to not hit things, it'll be harder to get them to drive in such away that they don't cause accidents. It'll certainly be hard to make them so that people don't want to honk at them.