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Ford targets a quieter ride with new noise cancelling tech

One of Ford’s latest innovations aims to make travelling in its vehicles an even quieter and more relaxing experience. The manufacturer claims that its new Active Noise Control feature will have the same effect as noise cancelling headphones, blocking out sounds from outside the vehicle.

The system uses three microphones to detect any unwanted noises before sound waves are emitted through the audio system to cancel them out. This intelligent technology also recognises driver behaviour and vehicle output so that sounds such as accelerating from a low gear are offset by the sound waves.

Other noise-cancelling features of Active Noise Control include sound-absortbing acoustic glass. The overall system will make its debut in the new Ford Mondeo Vignale scheduled for a 2016 release.

“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,” commented Ford Europe’s noise vibration harshness supervisor, Dr Ralf Heinrichs.

Blocking out unwanted noise allows you to enjoy the sounds you do want inside the vehicle, such as music played through Ford SYNC. This advanced infotainment system gives you access to the music stored on your smartphone via the audio system, which can be browsed using voice commands. Ford SYNC with AppLink also lets you control your favourite smartphone apps safely as you drive.

For a more in-depth look at Ford technology and the models it is fitted to, please click through the new vehicle pages on our website. For answers to your questions simply make an enquiry with your closest SMC Ford site.

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