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The technology is on display at CES, and it's just as crazy as you might think.
Giant automotive supply company Continental has been working with the audio experts at Sennheiser to develop a groundbreaking new sound system that it's showing off at , one that makes speakers a thing of the past.
Continental has paired its Ac2ated Sound system with Sennheiser's Ambeo Mobility software, the latter of which enables calibration and fine-tuning of sound quality.
But what sorcery is this? How can you have a sound system without speakers? Well, this is not the result of magic or some other dark art, just clever engineering.
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Instead of conventional speakers, Continental has figured out how to excite certain surfaces inside a vehicle to create sound. The idea was inspired by musical instruments, ones with resonant wooden bodies, like violins.
The Ac2ated Sound system has special actuators that basically vibrate interior components. Parts of the dashboard, A-pillar trim, door panel components, rear parcel shelves and even a vehicle's headliner can all be used to produce sound.
Supposedly, this system makes it seem as though you're sitting in a concert hall, filling the cabin with immersive sound. And since so many different components can act as speakers, this seems a like more-than-reasonable claim.
The Ac2ated Sound system provides numerous benefits over conventional systems. Most importantly, it can enable significant weight reductions. By eliminating speakers and their associated hardware, tens of pounds can be taken out of a vehicle's interior. This can really add up if a car or truck has a particularly elaborate sound system, one with, say, 28 speakers, like the Revel 3D arrangement available in the crossover.
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A new type of more sensitive contact sensor would be able to detect subtler incidents than today's parking sensors can.The idea goes like this: a set of eight to 12 contact sensors are distributed across the car’s body, and they respond to minute vibrations and other acoustic events such as rain hitting the car's body, objects (such as bicycles) touching the car at low speeds, and—perhaps most interesting—vandalism such as someone scratching the car with a key.
Not only can Ac2ated Sound eliminate unwanted mass, it can also make designers' lives easier. When creating vehicle interiors, they always have to leave space for mounting speakers, ensure there's room in the door panels, on the dashboard, in the backseat areas to mount these sound-emitting devices. If various interior components can instead be used as speakers, this gives them much more freedom to use space in creative ways.
It will be interesting to see if or when Continental's Ac2ated Sound system hits the market. We reached out for more information about this, and to see if automakers are interested in the technology, but the company did not immediately respond.
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These infinitely cool interior technologies are just around the corner"Flat was yesterday," proclaims the fact sheet explaining this new screen technology (shown above) that Conti says will be rolling out in 2023. The screen uses liquid-crystal technology with LED backlighting, but the key to the 3D look is a diamond-like diffuser that sends that backlighting up through the LCD. The effect looks perfectly three-dimensional from straight on, though if you slowly move your head from side to side your eyes will pass through eight cones of perfect perception. As you get to the border of said cones, the image appears to invert. Strange, but pretty cool.