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Sound in Motion: Automotive Audio Drives Forward

[Feature] If current trends for spending time in vehicles continue, the car of the future will be the listening space of the future. The quality of sound reproduction engineered in such spaces seems to be continually rising, despite the relatively hostile acoustic and physical conditions. A number of simulation tools make it easier to design or test car audio systems without necessarily needing a real car at all times. It also seems likely that internal combustion engines driven by diesel or petrol will gradually be featured less, and newer forms of propulsion based on fuel cells, hybrid drives, or battery power will take their place. These make different noises, and in some cases a lot less noise than the engines with which drivers are familiar. So how might artificial sounds be used as appropriate cues for various system states? All this and more was discussed at the 36th International Conference, Automotive Audio—Sound in Motion, held in June in Dearborn, Michigan, chaired by Alan Trevena.

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JAES Volume 57 Issue 11 pp. 963-970; November 2009
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