Don’t play on the road
Well this is irritating. A brilliant new app from Volkswagen that composes music based on your driving style - but you can’t download it yet.
The project began with data collection from a Golf GTi, which was used by electronic tunesmiths Underworld to create a musical soundscape that reacts to locations and driving behaviours.
Using an iPhone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to measure car movement, the app builds an individual soundtrack mapped to the way the vehicle is being driven, rather than a simple linear composition.
The teaser video above looks amazing, but for now VW is restricting the tech to a series of track events - only invited drivers will be able to write music with their right foot.
True, a general release might encourage some inappropriate street speed in pursuit of a perfect composition - and I guess this way VW can retain the publicity a bit - but in the hands of the social community this would fly.