When it comes to the experience of sound, conflicting trends will be converging in cockpits in coming years as electric vehicles and advanced safety technologies become more prominent.
First there is the new silence of electric drives, which makes in-cabin conversations, entertainment and even vehicle signals more audible. Then there's a challenging new desire to isolate individual sound spaces so that one passenger can listen to a podcast while another listens to music. And then there's a third trend: the rise of new safety signals that will alert drivers to road hazards ahead, urgent traffic situations, driving directions and incoming messages.
Sorting out these trends and distilling them into new vehicle cabin technologies is the province of Bose Corp., the nearly 60-year-old purveyor of audio products from Framingham, Mass. John Pelliccio, 49, head of product communications for Bose Automotive, spoke with Senior Editor Lindsay Chappell about what's coming to future cockpits. Here are edited excerpts.