The Korean car brand Kia Motors is developing a new in-car audio technology that allows all occupants to listen to their own music.
This is termed as Separated Sound Zone (SSZ) — allows each passenger to tailor their own audio experience whether that be music, phone calls or movies without disrupting others.
A combination of speakers throughout the car work together to create directional sound fields that block out residual noise while speakers in the headrest pipe in the audio for the passengers. Each occupant can connect it’s devices to the SSZ via Bluetooth.
“I hope by providing drivers and passengers with tailored, independent audio spaces, they will experience a more comfortable and entertaining transportation environment,” says one of Kia’s research fellows Kang-duck Ih.
Kia has been developing this technology since 2014. A production ready system will be available within next couple of years. It sounds like a sci-fi movie but Kia is determined to do it and we will wait how it really feels when somebody’s bass is loud and other occupant is listening to classical. Kia Motors is a subsidiary of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group and will also launch its range of vehicles in India.