Motorcycle giant Yamaha is building a device to make electric vehicles sound like ‘Star Wars’

Yamaha MWC 4
Yamaha displays MWC-4 Leaning Multi-Wheel vehicle during media preview of the 45th Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan October 25, 2017. Toru Hanai/Reuters
  • Yamaha Motor is creating a device to change the sounds of electric vehicles.
  • A developer at Yamaha told Bloomberg the cars could even sound “like Star Wars.”
  • The team is getting help from Yamaha’s musical division to make the sounds, it told Bloomberg.

Motorcycle giant Yamaha Motor is building a device that could make electric vehicles sound like they belong in a “Star Wars” movie.

Hideo Fujita, a sound developer at the company, told Bloomberg that the device would fit onto electric vehicles to change how they sound. The device would mimic the noise of an internal combustion engine as well as other sounds, he said.

“Even one that sounds like Star Wars,” he told Bloomberg.

Insider has reached out to Yamaha for comment on which Star Wars sounds this could include.

The Japanese manufacturer, part of Yamaha Corporation, which also makes music instruments, has a division called Alive, which is currently developing the sound device.

When Alive launched in May, Yamaha said in a statement that the sound device would create “an emotion-filled driving experience.”

Alive has worked with Yamaha’s musical division to create sounds for different parts of electric cars, Yamaha told Bloomberg. The company said it’s looking into what sound works best for when a driver steps on the gas pedal, for example.

Yamaha engineer Sumito Tanaka told Bloomberg that sound devices could become a regular feature in electric vehicles as more people switch to the zero emissions transport.

The company hasn’t started selling the sound devices yet, but plans to sell them to luxury electric sports vehicle makers when they first go on the market, Bloomberg reported.

Yamaha isn’t the only company looking to make electric cars produce different sounds. BMW announced in May that it’s teaming up with German music composer Hans Zimmer to produce sound for the company’s electrified car models.