Following the footsteps of other automakers such as GM and Toyota, Ford is launching noise cancelling technology into its cars.
The Active Noise Control system, which is inspired by noise cancelling headphones that reduce background noise, monitors noise and uses sound waves to block it out. Just like noise cancelling headphones, the system offers both drivers and passengers a more comfortable and peaceful road trip experience. What’s more, it can also contribute to driving safety.
According to Dr. John Cartwright, chief medical officer at Ford of Britain, noise is unpleasant and reduces the mental processing power of the driver, and could also lead to stress and distraction. He noted that by eliminating unwanted powertrain noise, Ford helps its customers to complete their journey calmly and in comfort.
The Active Noise Control system utilizes three microphones placed around the cabin to monitor background noise. Moreover, the behavior of both the driver and the vehicle is monitored. These factors are used in notifying the opposing sound waves that are created to counteract the background noise, which Ford claims can be done without affecting music or conversational volume levels.
The all-new Active Noise Control is set to launch in Ford’s new Mondeo Vignale, which also uses a number of other technologies to enhance the acoustics in the interior. Rather than fiberglass, foam is used to insulate the engine bay, thus reducing powertrain noise transferred to the cabin by up to two decibels. Acoustic glass is also used to reduce the noise caused by air-flow around the window pillars while sound-absorbing materials are used for the interior.
Ford confirmed that the Active Noise control will find its way to other Ford vehicles after launching in the Mondeo Vignale.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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