Please, automakers... silence the horns!

"During the past five years, I had a stroke, open heart surgery, went into heart failure for a year, and after this moved into a second floor apartment on a relatively quiet city street. The street has one-hour parking and as people come and go all times of the day and night and lock their cars, I hear horn blasts. I'd already had enough trauma with my health, and this noise has been devastating.
During the past two weeks, I've begun to sleep in my car. I drive away from my building to a wooded area to escape the sound."


"My garage happens to be under my neighbor's bedroom window so when I come home late in the evening I absolutely cringe as I plug in my car because I know the horn will sound. It's so rude that sometimes I'll just drive on gasoline the next day to avoid disturbing my neighbors. And what makes it worse, is that I use time of day and departure time scheduling. The later at night a charge schedule Volt driver comes home, the closer it is to the scheduled AM departure time, and the more likely they are to get the dreaded quadruple
"not-e-nuff-time" warning honk. As if one honk at 10PM isn't bad enough, four honks at 1AM will surely wake the neighbors."


"The neighbor-waking horn blast when locking is only thing I don't like about the car. I've had other VWs that were much quieter."

Silence the Horns now serves as a clearinghouse for anyone looking for information about horn-based lock alerts, horn honking that is used in approximately half of all vehicles in the North American market to signal to a car's owner that the car is locked. By the time Silence the Horns began as an advocacy project in 2014, the battle to influence automakers to eliminate this kind of horn use was already lost... the industry had recently begun to add yet more non-emergency uses for horns, including honking to signal "remote start," honking to signal "key left in car," honking to signal "electric car plugged in," and for a while, Chevy Volt used a horn sound with its pedestrian alert to comply with AVAS regulations.


Horn technology 1962 and 2015 used by General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford, North American market.
Currently there are more than ten non-emergency horn honking scenarios.

     
  Horn honks to warn of danger      Horn honks to warn of danger
  Horn honks for lock feedback
  Horn honks from a key fob to "locate" car in parking lot
  Horn honks from a smartphone to "locate" car in parking lot
  Horn honks with "panic alarm"
  Horn honks with TPMS when filling tires with air
  Horn honks with remote start
  Horn honks with charge (E models)
  Horn honks with pedestrian friendly alert (E models)
  Horn honks to indicate key left in car
  Horn honks as part of car alarm signal
  Horn can be actuated from smartphone from miles away
  (even though the owner can't even hear it!)
The Silence the Horns project is no longer initiating letter writing campaigns or appealing to automakers, regulators, or consumer advocacy agencies to take action to eliminate non-emergency horn-based vehicle signals. But we will support all civil, factual efforts to pick up where we left off, or to begin an untried method of achieving the goals of the Sisyphean task we began in 2014 with the launch of our PSA and efforts to appeal to decision makers, regulators, and influencers within and around the automotive field. We will also send you a Post-it Note pad if you promise not to stick notes on the car of anyone who looks like they are having a bad day.
                                       


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