Keywords: ride comfort, NVH, ride index, passenger cars, vehicle noise, vehicle vibration, ride quality
Ride quality of passenger cars: an overview on the research trends
Ride quality or sometime called ride comfort, can be defined as how a vehicle responds to road conditions or inputs other than its occupant. Its primary concern is on how this response affects the vehicle occupants. Ride quality became a competitive edge to automotive industries. In this paper we point out the main areas of research in ride quality and review significant literature that is related to this issue, focusing on passenger cars. We demonstrate the different approaches whether theoretical or experimental that are used to evaluate ride quality.