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Detroit electropop artist Matthew Dear created a song using Mustang Mach-E oscillations

Matthew Dear, a Detroit-based DJ and musician, has created new music using oscillations from the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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Detroit-based electronic music artist Matthew Dear has transformed the sounds of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E into a fresh track. The sounds, inspired by classic '80s sci-fi cinema, create the soundtrack for the sounds required by law as the crossover is in motion.

Ford sound designers worked with the studio Ozone Sound to craft the electronic oscillations. Dear, a founding member of electronic music label Ghostly International, used the synth-heavy sounds to create "New Breed," a hypnotic electronic arrangement that's distinctly Mustang Mach-E.

"The idea of remixing the sounds from the Mustang Mach-E was immediately interesting because I've always considered myself to be a 'sound tinkerer,'" said Dear. "But after I got to actually hear and experience the digital propulsion sounds that Ford created, I was sold on the project. The sounds are cooler than I thought they'd be — cinematic and sci-fi — and all the noises the car makes have a sense of modern musicality. Creating "New Breed" was a new experience and I think the song — like the car — takes its passengers on a voyage."

The company also made a short documentary featuring the process.

The Making of New Breed: Matthew Dear and the Mustang Mach-E | Fordwww.youtube.com

This isn't the first time Ford has relied on local talent to produce sounds for one of its vehicles. Ford's luxury arm, Lincoln, partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to record sounds for the chimes in the Lincoln Aviator SUV.

2019 Lincoln Aviator chimes recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestrawww.youtube.com

The Aviator is on sale now. Buyers are currently able to reserve a Mustang Mach-E. The all-electric crossover will begin arriving at dealerships in late 2022/early 2021 as first-come, first-served reservations are filled as specific grades become available.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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