UK-based audio technology company Warwick Acoustics is hoping to disrupt the automotive in-car audio market with the introduction of its ElectroAcoustic Panels, based on electrostatic loudspeaker technology.
The company has already deployed its technology in high-end headphones, which have secured multiple industry awards. It has also spent the last five years conducting an automotive R&D program and now intends to break into the in-car audio market.
In addition to the panels’ audio qualities, the company claims that they are around 75% lighter than conventional speakers while also consuming 75% less power – an important factor in the era of energy-limited EVs.
Furthermore, unlike conventional speakers, the panels can be molded into diverse form factors and incorporated into almost all interior surface designs. This creates additional space for passengers within vehicle interiors and gives automotive manufacturers the freedom to innovate visual interior designs, creating distinctive new in-cabin experiences.
Mike Grant, CEO of Warwick Acoustics, commented, “We believe that our revolutionary technology is capable of transforming premium audio within the automotive sector through both the extraordinary acoustic quality our solutions deliver to consumers, and the multifarious and significant benefits our solutions deliver to OEMs.
“It is exciting to finally exit ‘stealth mode’ after many years of intense R&D. While we have proved our electrostatic loudspeaker technology in the high-end headphone market – securing widespread critical acclaim for unequaled, immersive and precise sound quality – it was always clear that it was in the automotive sector where the initial significant opportunity for the company lies.
“The relevance and value of our technology have only increased as the transition of the sector to sustainable technology quickly accelerates. The substantial improvements we have made in terms of weight saving and power reduction become even more compelling with EVs than ICE-powered vehicles. In addition, the sustainable benefits of our speakers in terms of the use of upcycled and recyclable materials is a game-changer for OEMs, who are all rapidly seeking to decarbonize their supply bases.”