Traffic flow auralisation based on single vehicle pass-by noise synthesis

Yang Fu, Damian Murphy, Alex Southern

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Research into the auralisation of road traffic noise has drawn more attention in the recent years, as it can provide a more direct and immersive experience with which to communicate the implication of major urban design decisions with city planners and the public. Some synthesis models of single vehicle pass-by noise, and methods for outdoor sound propagation modelling have been proposed, which may be integrated for auralisation of traffic flow scenes. In this paper, a framework for traffic flow auralisation is presented. The synthesis model is composed of multiple single vehicle pass-by examples, based on tyre noise and propulsion sound synthesis. A first-order image source method is implemented, as a first approximation to represent sound propagation across a local region of a wider urban environment. The resulting plausibility of the proposed traffic flow auralisation model under different traffic flow scenes are under assessment using subjective listening tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019
EditorsMartin Ochmann, Vorlander Michael, Janina Fels
PublisherInternational Commission for Acoustics (ICA)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783939296157
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2019
Event23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 9 Sept 201923 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Congress on Acoustics
ISSN (Print)2226-7808
ISSN (Electronic)2415-1599


Conference23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is supported and funded by University of York - China Scholarships Council (CSC) joint research scholarships. We thank our colleagues in Audiolab who reviewed this work and assisted the research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Proceedings of the International Congress on Acoustics. All rights reserved.


  • Auralisation
  • Procedural Audio
  • Traffic Flow

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