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Psychoacoustics in the Automotive Industry

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Sound quality assessment has become an integral part of product design in the automotive industry. Car manufacturers have realized that the sound produced by vehicles is not only a noise pollutant but also a desired acoustic signal which provides feedback to a driver and conveys information about the functioning of the car. Moreover, many customers believe that sound quality gives them an idea of the quality of the vehicle. Since extensive research studies on sound quality are conducted by the automotive industry, noise control engineers and car designers need education in psychoacoustics and other areas related to sound quality judgment or assessment. Listeners who take part in jury panels need systematic listening skills training. This paper describes the basic areas of psychoacoustic research that are of interest to the automotive industry. The article also discusses an educational program in sound quality assessment for automotive engineers and a method for training technical listening skills, developed for people involved in the perceptual evaluation of car sounds.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1999

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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