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First Dolby Atmos in car sound system unveiled by EV maker Lucid, 21 speakers rock luxury Air Sedan

The world’s first Dolby Atmos in-car audio system has been unveiled by US electric car maker Lucid. The immersive 21-speaker audio system will debut in the Lucid Air sedan. 

Lucid’s Surreal Sound system comprises front, rear, side, and height speakers, precisely positioned so that driver and passengers can feel the relative movement of individual sounds as they’re steered around the cabin.  

The Surreal Sound system also includes enhanced driver aids, with directional signalling of driver and passenger alerts.

For example, a seatbelt warning will, to the driver’s ears, come from the direction of the unbuckled belt. Other warnings, such as blind-spot detection, will feature directionality to help focus the driver’s attention. Even sounds as common as turn signals will sound to the driver as if it were coming from the indicated side of the vehicle.

The in-cabin experience has been tuned with the Capitol Records Studio C Dolby Atmos recording studio as a reference.

The in-cabin experience has been tuned with the Capitol Records Studio C Dolby Atmos recording studio as a reference…

The Lucid Air luxury EV sedan should sound as good as it looks

“As the first car to integrate Dolby Atmos, Lucid Air delivers an elevated, multi-dimensional sound experience on par with the other innovations at Lucid,” says Derek Jenkins, Senior VP of Design, Lucid Motors. “The post-luxury experience is not just about beautiful design and next-generation technology, it also speaks to an unmatched in-car experience that engages all the senses.”

Lucid says its automotive mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating the most captivating electric vehicles, based around the human experience.

Select models in the Air range will be capable of a projected EPA range of over 500 miles and 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in the second half of 2021.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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