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For car enthusiasts, there is something exciting in the sound of an engine that has just been started.

Automakers can now exploit this little pleasure in making team with a division of BlackBerry (TSX: BB) in the process of developing a way to replicate the sound of vehicles of the past, now that cars are quieter and consume less fuel.

QNX Software Systems, a company acquired by BlackBerry there nearly four years, presents two concept cars Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas.

The first of these vehicles is a car hatchback Kia Soul with a new technology called "increased its engine." In its basic form, this is a soundtrack simulating the sound of an engine as inside and outside the vehicle by means of speakers.

QNX has also presented a Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45 equipped with a system of information and entertainment in the dashboard. This technology is based on sound recognition and is compatible with Android operating system Android Jelly Bean.

The vice-president sales and starting QNX, Derek Kuhn, has indicated that the simulator's Kia was intended to motorists looking for a more environmentally friendly car while providing a sensation sports. In the case of electric vehicles, the sound may also help prevent collisions with pedestrians unable to hear the quieter engines.

The technology is intended as a response to requests by manufacturers managed to reduce the weight of their vehicles over the years by eliminating insulation and other unneeded parts.

A Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday, shares of BlackBerry have a fence $ 9.14, up 63 cents, or 7.4 per cent compared to their previous closing.

By David Friend

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