CES is a wonderful time of year. It is a time when companies from all over the world come together to share and showcase their most innovative and often strange concepts and new products. Mercedes-Benz has bought exactly that, as during the convention in Las Vegas it announced a partnership with Will.i.am that will feature its cars in a ” virtual musical instrument” will change.
The MBUX Sound Drive experience system would use a variety of sensors and advanced software to interpret driving dynamics and convert them into musical elements that the driver can use to compose music in real time. This means that when you accelerate, brake, steer, and so on, the software converts this into musical utterances.
Mercedes-Benz notes that this system can even go as far as synchronization with other signals in the car, such as rain sensors in the windshield that “provide soothing rhythms during bad weather to reduce stress and improve concentration.”
As for what the actual goal of this system is, it is mentioned that the goal is to eventually turn the technology into an open music platform where artists around the world can create all kinds of tracks.
The rollout of this feature will take place in mid-2024 and will be available in all Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG cars equipped with the second-generation MBUX system.