Mercedes Recruited to Create New EV Sound Experience

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Nobody’s doubting rapper’s legacy in the music business, but his track record designing cars and working with automakers has yielded some… interesting results. Mercedes-Benz hopes to lean more on the music credentials with its partnership, as it has recruited the musician to redesign the electric vehicle sound experience.

At a CES press conference, the rapper said Mercedes is his favorite car brand and noted that he wanted to create an EV sound experience “that does more than just simulate a V8 engine.” His vision is to integrate various vehicle sensors, controls, and electronics to generate sounds, and said that the experience could be different depending on the route taken. The tech could also hide “Easter eggs” that play sounds based on specific locations.

In early tests, the songs played on a loop, getting louder and softer as the vehicle changed speeds. While it may seem like they’d get old, testers noted that the sounds changed depending on the Mercedes will start rolling the new sound experience out this year. Some models will get the tech for free, while others require a subscription fee. The automaker plans to open its platform to musicians around the world, allowing them to create tracks and sounds, so the “ecosystem” could expand way beyond’s compositions.

[Image: Mercedes-Benz]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Jan 09, 2024

    There might be a niche of people that would like the ability to program their car to play certain songs or genres depending on the time, weather, month, or location. But, having the vehicle curate sounds for you based on your driving situation seems annoying and possibly unsafe.

    • Syke Syke on Jan 09, 2024

      Yeah. I can well remember what Deep Purple's "Highway Star" could do for me on the highway. That was great at 24. Fifty years later, not so much.

  • The Oracle The Oracle on Jan 09, 2024 is a good place to start.

  • AZFelix AZFelix on Jan 10, 2024

    Upon starting the car on Fridays your MB will welcome you with:

    "Jumping music, swift d.j.'s

    Smoke machines and laser rays

    Look out weekend 'cause, here I come

    Because weekends were, were"

  • Carson D Carson D on Jan 10, 2024

    Will the car also have a mushroom storage humidor?