Meet the App That Turns Your Car Into a Musical Instrument

Sick of the radio? Tired of listening to your “Sick Driving Jamz” playlist for the 200th time?

Volkswagen has a new app called Play the Road that promises to turn your driving experience – well, the auditory portion of it, anyway – into a musical experience composed and played by your car. The result is an ambient, dynamic soundtrack that changes depending on how fast you’re driving, what your car’s engine is doing, and even where you are.

From the Verge:

In addition to data provided by the car’s on-board computer, the app uses information from the iPhone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to modulate the music on the fly, also using the smartphone’s GPS system to work out where the car has traveled, and when to play specific sounds. Drive through the countryside, for example, and you’ll hear birds interspersed in your personal soundtrack.

The app isn’t currently available for download. As the Verge points out, this probably has a lot to do with the fact that an app that encourages you to change speeds and make turns while you’re driving in order to create new sounds may have some safety implications. For now, if you want to see it in action, you can either watch the short promo video above, or check out this 17-minute long test drive video:

(via the Verge)