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January 17, 2014

Just put some cards in the spokes

Oh, yeah.... This'll make your Kia Soul sound really impressive I'm sure.

Automakers work with BlackBerry's QNX to develop synthetic engine sounds

TORONTO -- For car lovers, there is just something about a revving engine that gets the blood moving faster.

Now automakers can capitalize on that feeling by teaming with a division of BlackBerry that is developing a way to replicate the sound of yesteryear's driving experience, even as cars become quieter and more fuel efficient.

QNX Software Systems -- acquired by BlackBerry (TSX:BB) nearly four years ago -- debuted a couple of concept cars on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

One is a modified Kia Soul hatchback that showcases a new technology called "engine sound enhancement." In its most basic form, it's a soundtrack that simulates the engine both inside the car and for people on the outside through speakers.

Posted by joke du jour at January 17, 2014 05:02 PM

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