Whether you’re for minimising background noise on a long-haul flight, or silencing the conversations of commuters on a train, noise-cancelling headphones are the preferred choice of equipment to make journeys more serene and enjoyable for millions. Now, Ford is applying the same thinking to its new cars.
Ford’s new Active Noise Control consists of three sound sensing microphones, fitted throughout the cabin; they can detect noises from the engine and also the transmission. This leap in technology has a system that counteracts those noises with opposing sound waves from the sound system – without affecting conversation or volume levels of your music. The driver and vehicle behaviour is recorded and anticipated, for example when a driver is accelerating in a lower gear.
“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,” explained Dr Ralf Heinrichs, supervisor, Noise Vibration Harshness, Ford of Europe, “All‑new Mondeo Vignale with Active Noise Control offers drivers enhanced levels of comfort, and fewer distractions.”
Active Noise Control is part of a range of innovations for the upscale all-new Ford Mondeo Vignale that enhance sound quality. Another example is acoustic glass that can improve the sound-proofing qualities of the windscreen and front windows. Thinner than a human hair, acoustic glass reduces the intrusion of wind noise caused by air flow around the window pillars.
“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.”