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South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor Group has developed an audio solution that allows drivers and passengers to enjoy different music from their own separate speakers with little interference from others.
Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said Sunday they are the world’s first automaker to create such a system.
Dubbed “separated sound zone,” the new audio technology adjusts the wavelengths of sounds coming from the speakers situated in each seat so that the sound signals do not interfere with one another, creating the effect of having multiple soundproof booths.
This would enable the driver, for instance, to make a hands-free phone call uninterrupted from the sound of music or radio from other passenger seats. Voice prompts from the navigation system and various traffic alerts could also be focused on the driver so that they don’t interfere with others’ listening experience.
The two companies said they started the research from 2014 and would be able to introduce the new system into their cars in the next couple of years.
By Lee Seung-hoon and Kim Hyo-jin
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