YOUR future car will not have any speakers but music and entertainment will play through to roof, seats and dashboard.
The first speaker-less car has already been developed by Continental but it’ll be “several years” before it makes into production cars.
Engineers at Continental have developed the clever speaker-less tech that takes inspiration from a VIOLIN to make noise through a car’s interior.
The new technology has already been trialled on a Mercedes C-Class. Not only that but removing speakers would make cars cheaper, save weight and improve fuel economy.
The Ac2ated Sound system works by using actuators to convert digital music into sound waves and transmit them directly through body panels.
It’s similar to how the bridge on a violin converts the bow and string movement into sound from the wooden body.
Johann Hiebl, head of the Continental business unit Infotainment and Connectivity, said: “In the age of electric vehicles, car manufacturers are looking for innovative solutions to drastically reduce the weight of their vehicles and gain space for passengers and new technologies.
“On the other hand, design and sound quality may not suffer from this goal.
“Our approach is to treat the car itself as an instrument.”
Different parts of the car are better for varying sound frequencies: the A-pillar lends itself to high frequencies while bass would come from your roof lining.
The entire system could weigh just 1kg – a huge saving on the current 15kg required for an existing sound system.