BMW And Hans Zimmer Want Future Cars To Have Their Own Unique Sound – CarBuzz

Manufacturers have a legal obligation to equip silent EV vehicles with sound-emitting devices in order to alert pedestrians and cyclists. BMW’s audible pedestrian protection system emits a noise that alerts outsiders without annoying the occupants, but the IconicSounds system is purely focused on driver and occupant enjoyment.

For instance, the BMW i4, in its default comfort mode, plays sounds that use a “spherical sound pattern” joined by a “transparent timbre.” In M Modes, various tones, including female voices and the sound of a guitar string have been used.

The IconicSounds feature will be available in the BMW i4 in the first half of 2022, and in the iX from the second half of 2022, after which they will be available on other suitably equipped vehicles. Sadly, BMW has not confirmed if a hardcore mode featuring Slayer’s death metal classic “Raining Blood” will feature.


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NASCAR’s Symmetrical Next Gen Cars Are Getting Skewed In Practice – Jalopnik

NASCAR’s newest Next Gen cars may be designed to make these vehicles as symmetrical as possible, but some teams have already found a way around the rules. During this week’s test session at Daytona International Speedway, some cars have been running some fairly excessive skew — and right now, it could very well be totally legal.

Basically, skew refers to the angled nature of the NASCAR Cup Series car. The front end looks like it’s pointing in a different direction than the car is actually going, which gives the whole thing a sort of crab-walk look. The rear axle is mounted on a skew when compared to the whole chassis. For…….


Is Norway the future of cars? – Kathimerini English Edition

The speed by which electric vehicles have taken over Norway has stunned even the cars’ enthusiasts. [Asya Demidova/The New York Times]

Last year, Norway reached a milestone. Only about 8% of new cars sold in the country ran purely on conventional gasoline or diesel fuel. Two-thirds of new cars sold were electric, and most of the rest were electric-and-gasoline hybrids.

For years, Norway has been the world leader in shifting away from traditional cars, thanks to government benefits that made electric vehicles far more affordable and offered extras like letting electric car owners skip some fees for parking and toll roads.

Still, electric car enthusiasts are stunne…….