Deer Park (IL/ USA)/Wetzlar, Germany/ Mol, Belgium, July 29th 2014. Drawing on over 60 years of experience in car radios and a vast multimedia know-how of Continental and Auro Technologies’ revolutionary Auro-3D sound technology, Auro Technologies and Continental have announced today to jointly bring true 3D sound to in-car infotainment systems.
First integrated into digital cinemas as Auro 11.1. by Barco, the Auro-3D format is the next generation in audio, adding a Height Layer around the audience, the final and missing dimension to traditional 5.1 Surround Sound, to fully immerse the listener in a cocoon of life-like sound, transforming the vehicle into a jazz club or concert hall. Combining Continental’s expertise in Automotive Infotainment with Auro Technologies’ Auro-3D format will enable vehicle manufacturers worldwide to offer a revolutionary sound experience for their customers. In addition the Auro-3D format is fully scalable, so Continental is able to configure it exactly to the customers’ needs – sources can range from Mono to native 3D audio, and speaker layouts can range from simple setups up to Auro 22.1 speaker arrays. “It’s no secret that it’s not just accelerating and cornering that contribute to a more intensive driving experience, it is also the quality of the entertainment. With the immersive Auro-3D audio format, our many years of experience in developing radios and multimedia systems, and our expertise as a systems integrator, we are helping vehicle manufacturers to give their customers an entirely new sound and driving experience,” says Johann Hiebl, head of the Continental Infotainment & Connectivity business unit.
“Thanks to our collaboration with Continental, drivers will soon be able to enjoy their entire music archive in brilliant 3D sound, creating a much higher emotional experience. The Auro-3D technology offers a natural three-dimensional spread of sound, making it easy for the brain to analyze sound and bring a totally new and more relaxing automotive experience to all drivers. The closer to natural sound, the more immersive the experience”, stated Wilfried Van Baelen, Auro Technologies’ CEO.
The Auro-3D technology provides probably the most immersive and best-quality listening experience, far superseding CD quality, in all channels. The technology is fully scalable via the innovative Auro-Matic algorithm which allows all legacy content (Mono, Stereo, Surround) to be upmixed to create an immersive three-dimensional sound experience whatever the source. Furthermore, lots of exciting content is coming up in the Auro-3D format in both film and music over the coming months, including 15 new features by Dreamworks Animation that will be mixed in an Auro 11.1 format.
Continental acts as the system integrator, as licensee and as the licenser, who licenses the Auro-3D technology to automotive suppliers and automotive manufacturers worldwide.
With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. As a provider of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs around 182,000 people in 49 countries.
The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approx. €7.3 billion in 2013, roughly 36.500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approx. €6.3 billion in 2013, roughly 32,400 employees) and Interior (sales of approx. €6.6 billion in 2013, roughly 34,400 employees) achieved sales of approximately €20 billion in 2013. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner to the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility, and cost-efficiency.
The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, air bag electronics and sensors, washer systems, and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management and transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel supply systems, and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions, and cockpits.