Inspired by noise-cancelling headphones, Ford is introducing a new feature for the high-end Ford Mondeo Vignale models that reduces undesirable sounds. Active Noise Control system will later be used on other Ford vehicles, including the all-new Ford Edge coming in 2016.
Active Noise Control is not just inspired by noise-cancelling headphones, it works based on the same principles. The system has three microphones located in strategic places inside the cabin. They pickup engine and transmission noises and counteracts those noises with opposing sound waves from the audio system. This won’t affect the music volume or your conversations. The system even has a sophisticated algorithm which, for example, recognizes when a driver is accelerating in a lower gear.
The Active Noise Control in Ford Mondeo Vignale is supplemented with acoustic glass for sound-proofing of the windscreen and front windows, and the use of foam rather than fibreglass for engine bay insulation which reduces noise as well as vibrations. To top it all off, the Mondeo also undergoes vigorous test by Vehicle Harmony team who ensure all sounds in the cabin, interior illumination, and the feel of surfaces are appropriate and complementary.
“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, “Our new Mondeo Vignale with Active Noise Control offers drivers enhanced levels of comfort, and fewer distractions.”