• Sep 21, 2007
Bose is most commonly known for its stereo systems and other home entertainment gear. The truth is that the company holds tons of patents, which it licenses to shrewdly fund research and development in a wide variety of areas, seemingly following the whims of Dr. Bose himself. The company has been working on electromechanical suspension systems for years now - I was even passed by one of their tricked out Lexuses while on my way up the hill to their Framingham, MA headquarters once. The video we've embedded after the jump shows the system in action, and compares it with a conventionally suspended LS400 with nifty split-screen footage. The results are dramatic, but we're curious if the cars were being driven at the same speed through the course. Be sure to watch to the end, where engineers let loose and jump the thing.

Thanks for the tip, fooman!


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Older than Jesus.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This reminds me of a video that I saw on Magnetorheological fluid suspension . In the video they replaced the regular dampeners with ones that were filled with a form of ferrous fluid that varied in viscosity when a magnetic field is near it; the stronger the field around the fluid, the stiffer the suspension. This allows the car to have completely variable dampening. This technology can also be used for brakes, clutches, and other applications too which is pretty sweet. The effects of this suspension, however, were not as crazy as this Bose and the video was a little old, but it worked really well compared to a regular suspension.

      Apparently these cars are currently using the technology:
      * Acura MDX
      * Audi TT
      * Audi R8
      * Buick Lucerne
      * Cadillac DTS
      * Cadillac SLR
      * Cadillac SRX
      * Cadillac STS
      * Chevrolet Corvette
      * Ferrari 599GTB
      * Holden HSV Commodore

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      I was also was excited because they used an Opel Omega B from Germany, basically a Cadillac Catera in the states (my car).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have been seeing this stuff for over a decade (maybe 20 years now) but nothing ever reaches production.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My prediction: it'll be a long time, if ever, before the system makes it to production. Like other commenters have said, linear actuators require gobs of juice - producing current weighs a lot when you factor in uprated alternators, heavier gauge wiring, and the weight of the actuators themselves. The cars do look weird in person, you glimpse one and immediately know that what you're looking at is one of their mules. The R&D on this system has likely already paid significant dividends to the rest of the company through technology sharing. Speakers aren't very different from linear actuators - now if they could just get their audio gear to sound like there's not a wool blanket over the speakers, they'd be all set.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed Dan. There's the old saying: "No highs, no lows, must be Bose!".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally! A way to avoid those pesky spike strips.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man, I thought that dude in the Porsche was gonna get whiplash!
      • 7 Years Ago
      OMG! Is this video old??? Can 20 more people tell me it's old so that I know for sure? THX!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool!!! This will smooth out the bumpy highways!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love watching them go over the long bumps, especially the guy in the porsche, holy cow - so funny
      • 7 Years Ago
      Woot, sorry I suggested it, I had not seen it before, sure it is old but it is pretty dynamic demo of a very effective active suspension. And the jump is pretty cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That jump was awesome. I kept hearing that sound Knight Rider made when jumped. Vooooosh Voooooosh Vooooosh!
      • 7 Years Ago
      HA, Ohh man thats priceless! The jump is amazing!!!
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