Social psychology and vehicle noise

Get involved

For every minute that you spend tossing and turning, or otherwise stressing about unwanted noise, why not spend equal time contributing to solutions?

The NoiseTube project speaks to barriers to progress in establishing and improving noise policy and reforms by demonstrating a means of compiling noise data using mobile phones. Currently there are NoiseTube participants in almost 300 cities, including 37 North American cities. Technical capability requires use of specific types of smart phones, but participation is open to every citizen.

Helpful web sites

There are many web sites that deal with noise pollution. Although filled with good information and historical data, some of them are not kept up to date. These sites are regularly updated and offer historical data and practical advice.

Silence the Horns is a targeted campaign working in partnership with Noise Free America,
a registed non-profit organization

The Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness and Protection (Hear Nature Again)

NoiseOFF a working toolkit that people can use to reduce noise pollution in their lives and communities

Hornfree (English version) A Montreal-based site focused on audible lock alert horn honking

Noise Free America A non-profit organization dedicated to addressing noise pollution in the United States

Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments

World Forum for Acoustic Ecology An international association of affiliated organizations and individuals in Europe,
North America, Japan, and Australia that share a common concern with the state of the world's soundscapes

Articles, online forums, discussion boards, videos, and mainstream literature

There are hundreds of discussion forums for every auto brand, as well as forums that focus on everyday issues that have a negative impact on individuals and groups. Below is a sampling of the most popular sites, and mention of RKE horn use in popular media. Also included are mainstream articles about noise in general.

The Silence the Horns public service announcement   (Video)

Inundated by a River of Words (the best piece ever about modern public transportation)   (Opinion piece)

"VW Sweden said that the panic button is only offered to the North American market." (VW Golf Forum)

Beep! A campaign to stop those annoying horn-based car alerts is making noise   (Article)

Keyless horn-honking sets unsound precedent   (Article)

Brigade Electronics innovates white sound reversing alarm   (Article)

"...the alarm has no purpose and can be heard all over the neighborhood"   (Article)

Noise, health, and the value of investing in reform   (Article)

"Are people getting nicer?"   (Book excerpt)

Suppress option for Charging Honk   (Volt forum)

Noise isnít just annoying, itís bad for your health   (Article)

Anti-Noise Group Blows the Whistle on Keyless Entry Systems   (Article)

The Chevy Cruze app enables "relocking" and honking from miles away   (Video)

Virginia residents opposed the technology in 2009   (Article)

Car alarms and beeps: What boards and owners can do about the noise   (Article)

ParaPundit discussion on remote keyless entry honking   (Forum)

Cars Honking When Locked with the Remote | My Biggest Complaint   (Forum)

Club smart Car discussion of silent locking   (smart Forum)

Stop honking your horn - Straight Dope Message Board   (Forum)

PLEASE HELP get rid of the LOUD HONK when i use my remote!!   (Honda forum)


A forum that makes you wistful for the simplicity of the pre-RKE era (Ask MetaFilter forum)

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