Do you remember the astonishing Project Sound electromagnetic suspension system developed by Bose? We certainly do after seeing the early 2000s demonstration video, which left is in awe of the sight of a Lexus LS400 magically gliding across rough terrain without a care in the world.
Aside from the video demonstration, no more was heard of the technology as it quickly died a death due to the weight and cost factors leaving us at DT towers dreaming of what could have been.
No longer science fiction
Until now that is, as US company Clearmotion has bought the rights to the original control software from Bose. They’ve combined it with the latest air suspension damper tech, to create a setup that they claim is commercially viable without adding to the heft of a car – sounding like a science fiction dream come true to us.
This reborn tech is now dubbed a “digital chassis system,” with Clearmotion CEO Shak Avadhany telling Autocar that it’s the “fastest proactive ride system that exists today” adding that drivers will notice an immediate difference thanks to an “almost instantaneous level of isolation” from any road imperfection.
The tech operates using dual-purpose dampers that operate as actuators, with software monitoring the suspension making it compress and tension to sync with the changing road-surface.
Developed in the UK – because we like bad roads
We think that the worst road surfaces part of the tech came from the UK, where a majority of the boffins in the development team are based – because, you know, some of our roads are more gruelling than the Dakar Rally in full swing.
To date, five unnamed carmakers have expressed an interest in the tech with a production deadline of 2019 leaving just only one burning question – can it be fitted to my 20-year old BMW please?