Ford has made a stride forward with in-car refinement, thanks to its development of new noise-cancelling technology.
The manufacturer's Active Noise Control uses three microphones, strategically placed in the cabin, to detect unwanted noises from the engine and transmission. The system counteracts these noises with opposing sound waves from the audio system, without affecting volume levels of music and conversation. Both driver and vehicle behaviour is recorded and anticipated. An example of this is when a driver accelerates in a lower gear.
Dr Ralf Heinrichs, supervisor of Noise Vibration Harshness, Ford of Europe, said: "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.
"Our new Mondeo Vignale with Active Noise Control offers drivers enhanced levels of comfort, and fewer distractions."
Active Noise Control is one device in a range of features for the Mondeo Vignale that enhance sound quality. Another such innovation is acoustic glass that can improve the sound-proofing qualities of the windscreen and front windows. Containing a layer of acoustic film thinner than a human hair, acoustic glass reduces wind noise caused by air flow around the window pillars.
Dr John Cartwright, chief medical officer, Ford of Britain, said: "By removing unwanted powertrain noise, Ford is helping customers to complete their journey calmly and in comfort."