Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Mexico: Musical Road

Rumble strips, also known as sleeper lines, or alert strips, are a very smart invention that is definitely saving lives. For some people though, this is not enough. At various highways around the world, in places as diverse as Denmark, South Korea, or Japan, creative minds have altered the frequency of the grooves to produce actual melodies when a wheel is in contact with the rumble stripe. If you keep the correct speed, you will hear a real melody from your tires.

One of such Musical Roads is located on Route 66 between Albuquerque and Tijeras. While maintaining 45 mph speed, you'll hear "America's Beautiful" melody.


We thought that it would be fun to feature this section of the road in American Truck Simulator. After a short research and experimenting with frequencies and musical scales, we have succeeded in realizing this peculiarity. Check out the enclosed video, you can see and hear that this effect is working now in our prototype. It should become a part of the upcoming New Mexico map expansion.



The Musical Road is an all new little feature, the preview you are seeing/hearing may not be the final state. Development is still ongoing and will be subject to extended testing.



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