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Bose is bringing its QuietComfort noise-canceling technology to cars

By Kenny Yeo - on 10 Jan 2019, 10:33am

Bose is bringing its QuietComfort noise-canceling technology to cars

If you have ever driven an electric car, you would know that they are eerily quiet in comparison to regular cars powered by internal combustion engines.

While the engine noise is gone, what becomes more obvious is wind, road, and tire noise. Bose wants to fix that with its noise-canceling technologies.

Dubbed, QuietComfort Road Noise Control, it uses the same technologies found in its popular QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones to reduce noise in the car.

It works by using accelerometers, microphones, and clever signal-processing software to create an equal and opposing sound wave that is played by the cars' speakers to cancel out wind, road, and tire noises. Not very different from noise-canceling headphones. Check out the video below.

 

If it works, electric cars won't need massive amounts of sound-deadening material which will add weight, mess up weight distribution, and spoil the handling. They could also use regular road tires instead of those special ones that are quieter.

Bose did not disclose the automakers that they are working with, but they did say that the first cars incorporate QuietComfort Road Noise Control are expected to go on sale at the end of 2021.

Going forward, I would like to see Bose work with Airbus and Boeing to examine the feasibility of applying this technology to an entire plane. QuietComfort for everyone!

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