Hyundai has developed advanced in-car noise cancellation technology which works in real-time to reduce noise from a variety of sources.
Getting rid of noise in a car is not always a good thing, but we’re all going to become even more sensitive to in-cabin noise as we get used to electric cars, and every tyre roar, wind rush or groan is going to be amplified simply because it’s not being masked by engine noise.
So to mitigate that, and to reduce noise in current ICE cars too, Hyundai has developed what they’re calling Road Noise Active Noise Control (RANC) which goes way beyond some of the noise cancellation technologies we’ve already seen.
The new technology reduces cabin noise by analysing noises from the car and from the road through a series of strategically-placed microphones, and then produces inverted sound waves to cancel them out in as little as 0.002 of a second, quicker than it would take the offending noise to reach the cabin, even creating different patterns for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers.
Gangdeok Lee of the NVH Research Lab said:
RANC is a remarkable technology which takes existing NVH technology to the next level. We will continue to take the leading position of NVH technology and deliver the highest level of quietness to customers.
Hyundai already plan to use the new technology in an upcoming Genesis model, and it will no doubt find its way in to Hyundai’s mainstream models too.