Porsche develops background music to match your driving style


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Porsche is developing a system to play background music that matches your driving style.

The system is currently in beta and is called Soundtrack My Life. It is designed to take the way you drive your car to the next level by delivering music that changes with the surroundings. Say you are on a cold road with some twists and turns; the music remains pleasant and stable.

It is part of Porsche’s next-generation in-car infotainment system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM). Porsche says the next version of PCM will ship with the 2022 Cayenne, 911 and Panamera car models. Adaptive music isn’t a new idea, but applying it to driving is a relatively new approach.

The idea is that the driver selects a musical theme according to his mood and driving situation. The Porsche background music system does the rest.

“The software accesses pre-composed musical elements and, depending on the acceleration, speed and centrifugal forces of the car, changes the complexity of mixing these individual elements, adding or removing tracks and tracks. sounds to rearrange everything over and over again. Porsche said.

Norman Friedenberger of Porsche Digital says the future of the project is bright. “We take data like speed and acceleration. These are essential aspects that serve to personalize what comes to my ear in such a way that I feel like the composer of my own musical material. In the future, Porsche could develop soundtracks for particular stretches of road.

Porsche may be developing some background music to mark your driving, but it’s not the only music-focused luxury automaker. BMW hired legendary composer Hans Zimmer to create the driving sounds for its BMW i4 electric cars. BMW wanted to have an electric car that sounds good.

“So for the electrically powered BMW M models, we have developed a driving sound that particularly accentuates their emotional driving experience and ensures that their performance can be felt with even greater intensity. ” said Zimmer.

BMW even allows its customers to add these Zimmer-created sounds to previous models via a software update.

IconicSounds Electric comes standard in the BMW iX and can be specified as an option for the BMW i4. In cars with earlier build dates, new sounds can be imported retrospectively via Remote Software Upgrade, if the customer wishes.

The new sound spectrum for electric vehicles from BMW includes a ready-to-drive sound and a stop sound, as well as a driving sound which will be available in the corresponding version for BMW models and BMW M cars with the system. electrified drive.


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