Ford Patent Suggests Fake Engine Noises Can Save Fuel

By Jason Siu Ford has filed a patent to use fake engine noises in hopes of saving fuel.
How does that even make sense? Well, the patent itself is for “increasing the number of cylinders in an internal combustion engine in a virtual fashion,” but essentially it’s a device that generates “engine noise at a time period between two directly successive ignition events of an internal combustion engine.” In other words, Ford hopes that by making its smaller engines sound louder, that drivers will shift earlier instead of revving up their engines and wasting gas.
Take the company’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine for example. Although

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