Jeanine Botta created the Green Car Integrity project, a blog about the intersection of cars, tech, and noise
I created and have maintained this website since 2012 as a clearinghouse for people who want to address otherwise unaddressed vehicle noise that is preventable and unnecessary - horn use for lock signaling. More recently, the tech industry has introduced technology that allows people to honk their cars' horns from smartphones and wristwatches from miles away, without even offering a reason for doing so. More recently still, automakers introduced sensing technology that uses a horn to alert drivers that there is something left behind in the back seat. It is not clear how a given driver might discern that this particular honking is alerting him - to distinguish the sound from other nearby cars that are honking to signal locking.
I'm a patient educator and navigator, and an event and presentation coordinator with focus on environmental noise, benefits of quiet, soundscape, and sometimes cats. I worked for eight years as a navigator for EmergingMed, and currently work part-time as an educator for the Cancer Support Community. I also facilitate educational events and trade show participation for the Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness and Protection, and I recently joined The Quiet Coalition, where I serve on the administrative board. I've also done editorial work for many years, and I'm a part-time student in a Masters of Public Health program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
In 2014, I cofounded the Silence the Horns project with one of the many great people I met through my failed online petition. The Silence the Horns project is a grassroots effort advocating for quiet lock signaling in cars manufactured for the North American market, which is the market that features horn sounds for more than a dozen non-emergency events, as well as "panic alarm" - the technology whose efficacy has never been studied, and whose mention never fails to cause people from other continents to burst out laughing.
As a result of my work in the area of acoustic vehicle technology, I've become more familiar with the auto industry and its ancillary businesses, and consider myself to be a neutral, fascinated, and passionate "student of automotive history" (a phrase stolen from one of my car bibles) rather than a one-note critic. I think the industry has a colorful history, a potentially bright future, and great work opportunities for young people and job changers of all ages. I would love to see more passion for quieter design that includes every feature, and better understanding of (and interest in!) the soundscape and its relationship to human health, quality of life, and respect for wildlife.
Email jeanineb (at) bway (dot) net