Nee-naw. Pin-pon. Tatü-Tata. Got it? This episode is about the sounds of sirens - and how Bosch researchers Andreas Merz and Thomas Buck equip cars with ears, figuratively speaking, in order to recognize sirens on the road. You’ll learn why that’s both necessary and surprisingly difficult to accomplish. Because cars are becoming more isolated from outside noise, the microphone has to be located on the exterior of the car - a harsh environment in which wind noise is just one of many challenges. Another guest on the show: science journalist Andreas von Bubnoff of the Pandemic Silence Project. He demonstrates the impact of sounds on how we perceive our environment, and how lockdowns during the pandemic have changed the sound of the world. And now: listen up! Wee-woo-wee-woo.


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