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Sound and Safe: A History of Listening Behind the Wheel

Karin Bijsterveld, Eefje Cleophas, Stefan Krebs, and Gijs Mom


Do you enjoy listening to music while driving your car? Do you find radio traffic information indispensable? Do you appreciate the moments in between work and home in which you can listen to or sing along with whatever you like?This book shows how we created auditory privacy in our Western cars, making it feel sound and safe, even though automobiles were highly noisy things at the beginning of the twentieth century. It explains how engineers in the automotive industry found pride in making car engines quieter once they realized that noise stood for inefficiently running machines. It follows th ... More

Keywords: Automobile, History, Sound, Listening, Car Radio, Noise, Music, Sound Design, Traffic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199925698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Bijsterveld, author
Maastricht University

Eefje Cleophas, author
Maastricht University

Stefan Krebs, author
Eindhoven University of Technology