Roland Corporation and GLM Co., Ltd. have announced an agreement to co-develop a ‘neo-futuristic driving sound generation system’ for GLM’s electric sports car.
GLM is the manufacturer of Japan’s first mass-marketed electric sports car. Because electric cars are so quiet, some manufacturers are adding electronically generated sound effects, for safety and aesthetic reasons.
The driving sound system for GLM’s ZZ model, above, will be implemented using Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology.
Roland’s electric car sound kit, above, will power the ZZ model’s sound generation system with sounds that change depending on real-time driving situations like acceleration, deceleration, and motor load variances on sloping roads.
According to Roland, the system leverages their work on creating responsive virtual acoustic musical instruments. They say that the same technology will be used to create futuristic sounds that respond to the driver, driving conditions and more.
Main features of the Roland sound generation system:
- Generates driving sounds depending on the driving situation (e.g. acceleration, deceleration, and motor load variances)
- Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology is used to synthesize ‘dynamic, neo-futuristic sounds’, then reproduce them through the car’s stereo speakers.
- Driving situations are detected by the system in real time through a car-mounted network that measures the car’s speed, pressure on the accelerator pedal, and load to the power system.
- Drivers can select from several driving sound types based on their personal preferences.
The driving sound system option for GLM’s ZZ model featuring Roland’s sound-making technology will be available this fall.
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