• Petitioned Michael J. Stanton

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Michael J. Stanton
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General Motors Company
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Annette Sykora
Global Automakers
Michael Cammisa
Center for Automotive Research
Brett Smith
Chrysler Group
Sergio Marchionne

Auto Industry: Eliminate horn honking from convenience-based vehicle technologies

    1. Jeanine Botta
    2. Petition by

      Jeanine Botta

      Brooklyn, NY

Horn honking should be eliminated from security and convenience technology and restored to its intended purpose as a warning device in all next generation vehicles.

Remote entry honking is filling residential neighborhoods with unnecessary noise as drivers announce:
“My car is locked!” (Honk!) and “My car is unlocked!” (Honk! Honk!)  This occurs hundreds of times each day in many areas, and is not limited to urban settings.

The horn’s function is to startle, command attention, and warn of imminent danger.  Additional scientific inquiry is not required to prove that horn honking evokes a physiological stress response.  That is why noise ordinances prohibit unnecessary honking.  But in spite of laws and common sense, most vehicles
are now equipped with factory-installed technology that uses honking even though there are quieter options available.  Many vehicle owners opt for the honk confirmation without considering its impact on neighbors, pedestrians, and other drivers. 

At this time, horn honking is emerging in newer “convenience” technologies as well:

        Honking to “announce” vehicle remote start

        Honking remotely with a phone app to “relock” already locked doors
        even though the car is miles away and the driver won’t hear the confirmation sound 

        Honking is used in vehicle “panic alarm” and “car finder” technology

        Honking is featured as a turn-signal “warning” sound in electric vehicles

Auto manufacturers spend billions of dollars to build greener vehicles.  Green innovations include vehicles that run quietly and feature quiet interiors.  This effort should be broadened by removing unnecessary, intrusive, stress-inducing horn honking from remote entry and other convenience-based technologies.  Otherwise, a vehicle will not meet the truest green standards. 

You may not have experienced the effects of this technology.  But if you move to a new home, if a new neighbor moves in, if your child is assigned to a college dorm that faces a parking lot, if a loved one moves to an apartment facing a street with any kind of parking turnover, you or someone you care about could easily experience its impact.  None of us who are currently affected by this technology ever dreamed that this noise would become part of our daily lives.

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    • Timothy Burns PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Arbitrary horn honking is detrimental to our safety, space intrusive and just plain irritating. Horns are warning devices, not alarm setters. They should be banners from our world for many reasons!

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    • melodie brandon SURREY, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'd also like to address the issue of unnecessary horn honking by impatient drivers.

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    • Michele McManus WHITE ROCK, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      There is absolutely no reason to honk the horn when locking the door. It is easy enough to watch the lights flash. And I agree with others that it causes us to ignore all car horns, which can't be a good thing.

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    • Steve Howard CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I loo at it as a safety issue, (plus it's annoying, my car flashes lights when locking and unlocking, no need for noise) but it is safety as the more people hear that the less they pay attention to a horn when it's used as......a horn (warning). Plus look at the GM cars now where the reverse lights are on after the car is shut off and when the car is unlocked....that means people will now ignore reverse lights and GM will be causing people to get injured. What happened to common sense?

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    • jay lampus SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Neighbors in open air garage immediately below my apartment honk all day and nite.

      In general, ist's a safety hazard causing other drivers distraction. It desentizes drivers to the real purpose of honking -- danger alert.

      It's startling to pedistrian passers-by.

      It noise polution.

      It just inconsiderate.

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