As reported by Carscoop, according to Kia, research conducted using the EV6 GT-Line S model proves that choosing the right music also affects the driving distance of electric vehicles (EVs) in the real world.
The Kia EV6 GT-Line S model was chosen because it is equipped with a Meridian Audio sound system with 14 speakers, and interestingly Kia mentions a number of participants who do not have direct experience driving an EV.
Kia had participants drive a 29km EV6 across urban, neighborhood, open roads and winding country roads, and all were asked to listen to a predefined track list (Tycho – Awake, Adele – Hello, The Weeknd – Blinding Lights, Anna Meredith – Nautilus, Kanye West – Fade, and Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125.)
At uniform volume and sound settings. At the same time, Kia is also recording participant biometric data using the Empatica E4 device.
The results showed that participants drove four times more efficiently when Beethoven's song was played compared to other songs on the list, while The Weeknd made them drive more aggressively and reduced battery capacity faster.
The study was monitored by Dr. Duncan Williams is a lecturer in the University of Salford School of Science, Engineering and Environment, and he is also an expert in acoustics, noise, psychoacoustics, and sound science.
“Based on the study of music does have a big influence on the distance driving electric vehicles in the real world.
Different songs were able to produce different electrodermal activity and blood volume increases for each participant. In short, if you want to go further, listen to soothing classics like Beethoven,”said dr. Duncan.