Mobility

What is Active Sound Design (ASD)?

By Peter Cooney / June 17, 2024
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Active Sound Design (ASD) is a technology used in modern vehicles, particularly electric vehicles (EVs) and some internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, to enhance or create sound experiences within the cabin. For EVs, which naturally lack the engine noises associated with ICE vehicles, ASD can generate artificial motor or driving sounds to enrich the driving […]

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What is AVAS and Why is it Important?

By Peter Cooney / June 14, 2024
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An Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) is an advanced sound technology equipped in electric and hybrid vehicles to offset their low noise levels at reduced speeds. It produces synthesized sounds, akin to those of traditional combustion engines or other recognizable noises, to enhance pedestrian safety by making the vehicle’s presence known. AVAS employs external loudspeakers […]

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Renault Scenic E-tech, Audio and Infotainment Collaboration

By Peter Cooney / March 8, 2024
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The Renault Scenic has been a long-time bastion of the European family car market. DATAportl estimates that almost 400,000 Renault Scenics have shipped since 2016. So, the introduction of a new electric version of the car could have significant impact on EV volumes. Harman announced on March 5th, 2023 that its Harman Kardon brand audio […]

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Dirac and Polestar collaborate to create next-gen in-car audio system for the Polestar 3

By Peter Cooney / February 16, 2024
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Polestar have teamed up with audio brand Bowers & Wilkins and audio technology vendor Dirac to create a bespoke audio experience in the new Polestar 3. The Polestar 3 is a premium BEV, the audio system is described here – “With 1610 watts of power, 25 speakers, 3D Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos, the Bowers & Wilkins for Polestar audio system […]

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Road Noise Cancellation (RNC) Systems See Rapid Growth

By Peter Cooney / February 6, 2024
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Road Noise Cancellation (RNC) technology is gaining importance in Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) due to the absence of engine noise, making road noise more noticeable. RNC systems operate by strategically placing microphones inside the vehicle cabin to measure interior noise. These microphones send audio data to an audio subsystem, which generates anti-audio signals played through built-in […]

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EVs are going gangbusters in Australia

By Peter Cooney / January 28, 2024
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In a recent video from the Fully Charged Show, Oceania correspondent Simone Annan discussed why EV sales are booming in Australia. In terms of supplier share in 2023, Tesla remain the number 1 supplier for EV shipments, with 45,275 vehicles sold. BYD entered the Australian market about 18 months ago and is already the number […]

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The paper-thin speakers set to transform car audio

By Peter Cooney / January 26, 2024
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The vehicle cabin is set to undergo a transformation over the next 10 years, this has been led by the transition to EVs but will change dramatically as automation takes hold. Many technologies are being developed for future automotive interiors – smart surfaces, haptics, etc. and at the same time there is a drive towards […]

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Aspinity Raises $5 Million Series B Funding

By Peter Cooney / September 20, 2023
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Aspinity, the “analog machine learning chip” vendor, announced series B funding of $5 million, with a new strategic partner Korean automotive distributor – Unitrontech. Aspinity’s  RAMP™ (Reconfigurable Analog Module Processor) technology is a unique solution that enables ultra low power always on sensing and can be used in a wide range of applications. Aspinity highlights use cases such as […]

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Garmin signs purchase agreement to acquire JL Audio, a highly regarded audio solutions manufacturer

By Peter Cooney / August 15, 2023
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​Announced just this week is that Garmin is one step closer to acquiring JL Audio. This partnership will be significant due to the potential gains for Garmin in audio engineering expertise. Most notably we are aware of Garmin for its contribution to GPS technologies across a range of markets, including automotive, marine, and fitness/outdoors. JL […]

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Stellantis Implements Multifaceted Semiconductor Strategy to Ensure Supply Security, Drive Innovation

By Peter Cooney / July 20, 2023
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​​In a bid to stave off further automotive supply chain issues, automotive group Stellantis has entered into agreements with leading semiconductor vendors such as Infineon, NXP, onsemi and Qualcomm to purchase more than €10 billion worth of products through 2030. Stellantis cites SiC MOSFETS, MCUs and SoCs as some vital products included in the deal. It’s linked to […]

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