A smooth ride, by Bose

by Andi
bose suspension

Most of us know Bose only for audio systems, myself included. Until today that is, when I saw a stunning video of one of Dr. Bose’s other research fields: car suspensions.

In 1980, Dr. Amar Bose started a mathematical calculation of how the optimal car suspension would be. Everything was done with complete disregard of technology, materials or cost. In the 5 years it lasted, the computation was finished and the basic principles were set. Now, after more than a quarter of a century and $100 million, the system appears to be nearing completion.

Read on for some extra details and an excellent video.

In those five years, they’ve come to the decision that the best system would involve linear motors. They offer fast enough response and action time to control the wheels without allowing the body to move.

Words can’t really explain everything, but I’m sure the video will make your jaw drop just like mine did.

What words still can say is that the system is to be available in 2-3 years from now. Also, because of the pretty high price (far above $10,000 per car), it will first appear in luxury, expensive cars.

Here’s the official release; found via SciFi

3 reviews or comments

Fred Says: September 19, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Andi, Infinity already ran this system in their Q45a I think almost 10 years ago.

It’s still an amazing system, thankfully they’re bringing it out of mothballs now that higher voltage systems are operating onboard cars (read hybrid).

You’re right on the whole sweet technology though, it’s amazing!!

Cromag9 Says: September 19, 2007 at 9:07 pm

This is not new. There’s a reason thats a first gen Lexus in the video. I remember reading about this in Road&Track about 10 years ago. Although Fred is wrong, the Infiniti Q45a used an active suspension, but it was hydraulic in nature, not like the Bose system. It is really cool though.
There was a lot of research into active suspension in the 80s and 90s, (Lotus even had it in F1, until it was outlawed) but not so much lately.
I think manufacturers decided they couldn’t charge enough extra for it to justify its developement

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