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Improved speech communication in a car
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering.
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesisAlternative title
Förbättrad komunikation i bil (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In modern cars a lot of effort is put on reducing the background noise level. Despite these efforts it is often difficult for persons in the rear seat(s) to hear the persons in the front seat. This is partly due to the background noise, but also geometry and acoustics properties of the passenger compartment.

The aim of this thesis was to implement a speech enhancement system to increase the audibility between the driver and the rear passenger(s). The speech enhancement system should not affect the directivity of the speech or increase the background noise level.

A speech enhancement system has been implemented on a DSP in a test car. A microphone was placed in front of the driver to collect his/her speech. The microphone signal was bandpass filtered to remove the main part of the background noise and to avoid aliasing. The signal was delayed before it was sent out in the rear loudspeaker. The delay made the speech from the driver reaching the rear passenger before the sound the rear loudspeakers. This delay was enough to get the right directivity of the sound, i.e. making speech sounding as if it came from the driver instead of the rear loudspeakers.

In the thesis other methods to reduce background noise and get directivity of the sound were evaluated, but not implemented in the test car. The evaluations of the system showed that the audibility was increased. At the same time the background noise level was not noticeable increased. The work has been performed at A2 Acoustics AB in Linköping, during spring 2003.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för systemteknik , 2003. , 51 p.
LiTH-ISY-Ex, 3397
Keyword [en]
Reglerteknik, Automobile, Speech enhancement, Microphone array, Communication, Bil, Tal förstärkning, Mikrofon array, Kommunikation
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Control Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1720OAI: diva2:19045
Available from: 2003-08-12 Created: 2003-08-12

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