Ford has developed new technology for its passenger cars that can use noise-cancelling technology to minimise external sounds and boost refinement.
The new Active Noise Control will be available first on the Mondeo Vignale and will then be rolled out on other vehicles, including the new Ford Edge next year.
The system uses three microphones, strategically placed in the cabin, to detect undesirable noises from the engine and transmission. The system counteracts those noises with opposing sound waves from the audio system – without affecting volume levels of music and conversation. Driver and vehicle behaviour is recorded and anticipated, for example when a driver is accelerating in a lower gear.
Dr Ralf Heinrichs, supervisor, noise vibration harshness, Ford of Europe, said: “Whether listening to a favourite playlist, tuning into a much-loved station, or simply enjoying a respite from the demands of modern life, the experience of sound – and just as importantly silence – can be a fundamental part of an enjoyable car journey.
“Our new Mondeo Vignale with Active Noise Control offers drivers enhanced levels of comfort, and fewer distractions.”