The Car That Works Like Giant Noise-Cancelling Headphones

November 12, 2015

Want to drown out the drone on a flight, or silence commuters on a train? That’s when noise-cancelling tech comes into its own. Now we have applied that thinking to a car.

Active Noise Control uses three microphones, strategically placed inside the car, to detect undesirable unwanted sounds that might intrude – such as engine noise.

It counteracts those noises with opposing sound waves from the audio system – without affecting volume levels of music and conversation.

“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,” said Dr Ralf Heinrichs, supervisor, Noise Vibration Harshness, Ford of Europe.

Part of a range of innovations for the Ford Mondeo Vignale, Active Noise Control, will soon be offered on other Ford vehicles. The Mondeo Vignale also offers acoustic glass, with a layer of film thinner than a human hair, which helps sound-proof the windscreen and front windows.

“Noise is intrusive and reduces the driver’s mental processing power, and can lead to distraction and stress,” said Dr John Cartwright, chief medical officer, Ford of Britain. “By removing unwanted powertrain noise, Ford is helping customers to complete their journey calmly and in comfort.”

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The Mondeo Vignale also is among vehicles in our range that offer a premium Sony car system.