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Petitioning Global Automakers Michael J. Stanton and 18 others

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

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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Global Automakers
    Michael J. Stanton
  • Center for Automotive Research
    Brett Smith
  • Global Automakers
    Michael Cammisa
  • National Automobile Dealers Association
    Annette Sykora
  • Volkswagen Group of America
    Stuart Johnson
  • Ford Motor Company
    Andrew S. Hobbs
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
    Susan A. Collet
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
    Kris Siddall
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
    Gary Pollak
  • Auto Alliance
    Robert Strassburger
  • Auto Alliance
    Mitch Bainwol
  • General Motors Company
    Andrew Farah
  • Chrysler Group
    Reginald R. Modlin
  • National Automobile Dealers Association
    NADA's Green Campaign
  • General Motors Company
    Robert Peterson
  • General Motors Company
    Sharon Basel
  • Global Automakers
    Julie Rege
  • Global Automakers
    John M. Cabaniss
  • Chrysler Group
    Sergio Marchionne

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