Japanese Make Musical Road

Aron Schatz
November 14, 2007

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As if driving wasn't annoying enough, there are places in Japan that make your car into a jukebox. I don't expect to drive to hear music.


Motorists used to listening to the radio or their favourite tunes on CDs may have a new way to entertain themselves, after engineers in Japan developed a musical road surface. A team from the Hokkaido Industrial Research Institute has built a number of "melody roads", which use cars as tuning forks to play music as they travel. The concept works by using grooves, which are cut at very specific intervals in the road surface. Just as travelling over small speed bumps or road markings can emit a rumbling tone throughout a vehicle, the melody road uses the spaces between to create different notes.


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