Hans Zimmer who is a film score composer behind many Hollywood movies including The Lion King and Inception. He is now currently working on shaping what the next generation of BMW electric vehicles sound like. Earlier this week, BMW revealed some of its plan for electric vehicles saying that it would debut 25 electric vehicles by 2023, as some nifty concepts, like its Motorrad Vision DC Roadster motorcycle and the sleek BMW Vision M NEXT concept sports car.
Zimmer and Renzo Vitale who is an acoustic engineer and sound designer at the BMW Group. They both have composed the sound of BMW Vision M NEXT. The concept that had its world debut on June 25th. BMW’s project with Zimmer ties into its new “BMW IconicSounds Electric” sound brand.
The pair is composing the drive sounds and sound signs for the BMW Vision M NEXT together in Zimmer’s studios in London and Los Angeles. The vehicle which debuted at the NEXTGen event in Munich, this would not be available in your local BMW dealership any time soon. It is only a concept which shows the company is heading in terms of design, electric vehicle plans, and technology like its next-generation adaptive cruise control system.
The vehicle would be able to detect and automatically stop at the red lights. The customers can expect the next-gen of the electric vehicle to equipped with special acoustics meant to mimic the feeling a driver might get when they’re behind an M5 or other BMW with an internal combustion engine. It seems like BMW’s next slate of electric vehicles could arrive sooner than originally planned.
The company announced at the NEXTGen event which is running ahead of schedule in its efforts to produce at least 25 electrified vehicles. Previously, BMW was aiming for 2025 for the launch of these vehicles but now it will release in 2023. Although the idea isn’t to make an electric car sound like an ICE vehicle. Instead, the sound is meant to match the power and speed of the electric vehicle.
Not forget to mention that BMW is working on artificially generated sound since 2009. Engineers wanted to increase awareness of the traditional quiet electric vehicles, which at the time include the MINI E test fleet. Since the launch of the BMW i3, customers were choosing acoustic pedestrian protection as optional equipment. The law has required the automaker company to adapt acoustic pedestrian protection, it is a feature being rolled out as standard in all plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles from BMW.
The purpose of the development is to fulfill the warning function without disturbing pedestrians. Moreover, the company has decided to launch a website to have some fun with its futuristic-looking EV. It includes Blade Runner 2049 composer Hans Zimmer to develop a science fiction-like sound for it.