Forget passing the aux to DJ Skips in the passenger seat, because Mercedes' new 'Sound Drive' feature means the tunes for the next roadie are non-stop and completely unique - so long as the engine's running.
When your car is just chilling, a gentle lo-fi track plays through the speakers. Give that accelerator a rev, and suddenly, a deeper bass track layers on top. Once you hit the 25 km/h, BOOM, drums kick in. But the most mind-blowing part for me was when the steering wheel started to turn - it took the tune to a whole new level.
According to The Verge, it’s all whipped up by sensors and software that connect your car's hardware with the music software, creating a range of sounds that react in real time to your driving.
I’ve gotta admit, it is giving off heavy ‘Pimp My Ride’ oomph.
While it’s a sick piece of tech, some keen users jokingly mentioned the safety risks of creating mad tunes from the driver's seat.
One IG user wrote: “Johnny, I don't care if it's a red light. I'm not missing this beat🔥”
“Officer: ‘SIR do you know for fast you were going!?’ Me: ‘Ok I know this looks bad but you have to hop in and check this out’,” wrote another.
While a third added: “This will just make me want to drive in a zigzag down the highway just to make a silly jig.”
The feature won’t be released until mid-2024 when Mercedes is looking to open up the feature to other artists to join Will.i.am in uploading their own sounds to the system - tell me Fred Again wouldn’t go hard!