Sennheiser and Continental Car Audio Project Selected as CES Innovation Awards 2021 Honoree

December 28 2020, 00:45
Expanding on its successful car audio partnership announcement at CES 2020, Sennheiser and Continental’s speakerless immersive audio system for vehicles was selected as a CES Innovation Awards 2021 Honoree. The new audio system explores new ways to enhance in-car entertainment experiences by integrating Sennheiser’s patented AMBEO 3D audio technology with Continental’s speakerless Ac2ated Sound system.

The CES Innovation Awards are presented annually by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), honoring outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge innovations across 28 categories. The submissions are reviewed by a panel of independent expert judges – including industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade media – based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.

The CES Innovation Award 2021 Honoree badge was confirmed in the In-Vehicle Entertainment and Safety category. The partnership, first announced at CES 2020, combines Sennheiser’s AMBEO Mobility technology with Continental’s Ac2ated Sound system to offer a speakerless in-car sound system that fills the vehicle interior with immersive sound. Scalable and adaptive, the joint solution supports the evolution of mobility towards an ever more autonomous and user experience-oriented future. 

"By integrating our AMBEO Mobility technology with Continental’s Ac2ated Sound system, we have sought to offer an incredibly lifelike sound experience which opens new perspectives for vehicle audio. We are very pleased for our joint solution to be recognized among the groundbreaking products in the CES Innovation Awards," says Véronique Larcher, Director AMBEO Immersive Audio at Sennheiser.

Continental's Ac2ated Sound abandons conventional loudspeaker technology, exciting selected surfaces in the vehicle interior to produce sound. According to Continental, in comparison to conventional audio systems, Ac2ated Sound enables a reduction of weight and space of up to 90 percent. In this way, the system is also perfectly suited for electric vehicles, where saving space and weight is a priority. Combined with Sennheiser’s AMBEO Mobility, the concept "achieves a breathtaking 3D sound reproduction that envelops passengers in an incredibly detailed and vivid soundscape and lets them enjoy their in-car entertainment to the fullest."

The AMBEO Mobility software analyzes and distills the fundamental components of any native stereo music track and plays them back immersively through the appropriate actuator. From crystal-clear call quality to personalized content playback, the Sennheiser and Continental in-car sound system allows for full audio individualization for each seat. A key element in creating these personalized listening zones are the specially designed headrests with integrated high-fidelity transducers. By adding this personal near-field playback source close to the driver’s and passengers’ ears, the listening experience is augmented considerably.
Continental's Ac2ated Sound actuators excite specific surfaces in the vehicle interior, causing those surfaces to vibrate just like speaker diaphragms. Different surfaces inside the car will emit sound in different frequency ranges.
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