New technology by Hyundai, Separated Sound Zone (SSZ), will allow each passenger to enjoy his/her own audio in the vehicle without the use of headphones.
Hyundai released very little details on how its Separated Sound Zone technology works, other than acoustic fields being manipulated using next-generation speakers, calibrating sound waves around each individual passenger without overlap.
This isolates music and hands-free phone calls, with distracting turn-by-turn and alert notifications piped to the driver.
“Customers in the autonomous navigation era will demand increasingly customizable entertainment options within their vehicles, which includes technological innovations such as the Separated Sound System,” said Kang-duck Ih, Hyundai’s NVH Research Lab research fellow.
“I hope by providing drivers and passengers with tailored, independent audio spaces, they will experience a more comfortable and entertaining transportation environment.”
Look for Separated Sound Zone to go into production within the next two years. No word on which model/s will carry it to start.