What’s Linkin Park Got To Do With A Mercedes-AMG Electric Car?

1 month ago by Steven Loveday 12

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept (Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz)

Who knew artificially produced EV sounds could become such an inspiring topic? It appears Mercedes-AMG is already making big plans.

Electric cars barely make a sound. Some regulators are concerned that pedestrians may not hear them coming, which could lead to accidents. For this reason, in some places there are rules in place that insist these cars must make some kind of “noise,” especially at slow speeds, to keep people aware.

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Linkin Park (Image Credit: tswindoll8 via flickr)

Many of today’s rock bands have moved to adding “artificial” electric sounds to their music to come up with a cutting-edge product. Essentially, aside from playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums, they are using computers and software sounds to enhance the music. One such group is Linkin Park.

Mercedes-AMG recently revealed that it’s relying on groups like Linkin Park and others as “partners in performance” to bring unique sounds to their future EV lineup. Mercedes-AMG CEO, Tobias Moers, told Wheels:

“I started to talk with these guys [Linkin Park] about what is their interpretation of electrified sound. We sell emotions and sound is really a crucial part of emotion, so what we do is work on artificial sounds because you have to.”

Apparently, years ago the automaker began recruiting audio experts and video game music designers to begin the process. Moers continued:

“We started off years ago. We established a team doing artificial sound, and we worked together with games specialists, we worked together with film artists doing sound for films.”

Sadly, it will be years before we get to hear the result of their creative process. Mercedes-AMG doesn’t plan to bring EVs to market until the mid-2020s, and we’re not talking about the upcoming Mercedes EQ, which should arrive in 2019. Moers concluded:

“If you want an idea of what is in store, look at the crazy, 805-horsepower rear-axle hybrid AMG GT Concept that was first revealed in Geneva earlier this year. [That] is more or less our understanding of how we are going to electrify powertrains in performance cars.”

Source: Finance.co.uk

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12 responses to "What’s Linkin Park Got To Do With A Mercedes-AMG Electric Car?"

  1. Skryll says:

    I absolutely hate the fake noise generator in my VW eGolf and I will be so happy when I trade it in for a model 3 on Monday that doesn’t have this crap.

    1. Dan says:

      You will be sadly disappointed, then. The Model 3 is required by law to be equipped with a noise generator…like every other EV on the road. It will come on only at speeds <19mph…again, like every other EV on the road. It's not the end of the world and it improves pedestrian safety in urban environments.

      1. Nick says:

        The Model S is silent as the grave at slow speeds.

        This is not the case for the Model 3?

        1. Chris says:

          Nick,
          This is the NHTSA press release when the regulation was issued that will require noise generators going forward.

          https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/nhtsa-sets-quiet-car-safety-standard-protect-pedestrians

          1. Nick says:

            “…have until Sept. 1, 2019…”

            Ahhh. Better get your Tesla before September 1st if you want to avoid this asinine requirement.

  2. Pet says:

    Interesting. Fossil cars made so much notice they had to put something on it to make it quite.

    Electric cars makes no noise and now they want put something in it to make noise

  3. L'amata says:

    Get Rid of NOISE POLLUTION !!!!

  4. Nick says:

    I propose new legislation with this language:

    “… upon chance encounters with pedestrians blind or otherwise to (1) immediately stop the vehicle, (2) “immediately and as rapidly as possible … disassemble the automobile”, and (3) “conceal the various components out of sight, behind nearby bushes” until the pedestrian is sufficiently pacified”

  5. James says:

    One major takeaway from this article is that it outs Mercedes as preparing for the inevitable EV Revolution (or evolution) for quite a few years back. “Years ago”, they state.

    How many Years? Who knows. Was it when LEAF and Volt appeared, or was it earlier? Aftermarket specialist Brabus equipped a Tesla Roadster with a sophisticated gas engine noise generator replete with big amp and two speakers under the front bonnet. I laughed loudly, as the Germans seem to think we drivers just can’t live without the polluting sounds of a gas burner.

    I like smoothness and the woosh of my machine piercing the air. I like to hear all of my music. I’m fascinated at a cheetah or a hawk racing along at breakneck speed, evolution and God giving them the gift of silent swiftness to surprise their prey. In the case of a Tesla and a Ferrari or AMG, the Ferrari and AMG just might be that prey!

    Artificial engine noise is piped into the BMW i8 now. Several automakers pump artificial vroom sounds into their sport models through the stereo systems to “add to the emotional experience”. So funny and sad at the same time, how caveman fights progress. We hang on to what we know. Yet the scores of YouTube videos depicting first rides or drives in a Tesla show the new, ever-exciting feeling (emotion, to our German friend from AMG) people experience of sudden, silent acceleration, as being shot out of a rail gun. Many refer to a rollercoaster as a comparison they can relate to. Rollercoasters elicit all sorts of excitement, exhilaration and emotion, don’t they?

    So it’s more transitioning human experience and expectation from what they’re familiar with to the new sensation of acceleration. Sound training wheels, so to speak. Millennials will transition faster. Us older folk seem to get set in our ways, “I hate that silence when I floor it!” We’ll say. Or at least some of us,it seems.

    Us early adopters embrace change. We don’t need no stinking fake noise and vibration! But if some need sound generators to make the JUMP to an electriccar,so be it. Whatever works. I’m young at heart. Why would I want my futuremachine to sound like evolved 19th century tech?!

    Safety is a matter of importance. I’ve snuck up on people in parking garages in my Volt. My first gen has a little pedestrian alert, a friendly noise GM hired blind people to help develop. Nobody wants a rude horn blast to warn them of your presence. The Volt ped alert works nicely. Its a sound like a little “ahem, excuse me”. Amazing how many people meander along walking in the midd,e of public streets and parking lots.

    I live on a busy corner where I have to walk to my two mailboxes. It’s a busy street with no sidewalks and I’ve had some close calls just getting my mail. I have to navigate the situation each day- a blind corner with greenery that blocks views and an ever increasing number of cars that use my street as a shortcut at rush hour. These people cut the corner and drive far faster than the posted speed. I often feel like Frogger in the video game just to walk next door! I use all the senses God gave me to not be hit. More than once a Nissan LEAF or a Model S has snuck up on me, yet my honed skills knew they were there. I smile as they silently glide past me,as I’m an electric car guy.

    It does bring to the forefront of my attention the need for a slow speed and mid speed pedestrian alert. Humans need more than a manual alarm. We are too distracted and far too selfish to think of pedestrians 100% of the time when we drive. Many elderly and visually impaired people rely on sound-vibration for survival.

    Since I also live next to a busy highway, I also long for peace and quiet. I live in a noisy place. The answer has to be a compromise. Most low speed artificial sounds for cars cannot be heard inside the car if you have the windows up. They need to be there to save harm to pedestrians, there is no doubt. Perhaps the sensor suite of modern EVs can sense when peds are present and work only then.

    A local guy with an original Fisker drives by every so often. Those Karmas had speakers in the nose that make a spaceship sound at low speeds. It’s not too bad. It certainly sounds futuristic if you’ve ever heard it. I can live with that. Especially knowing it will save lives. Its far less noise polluting than what we hear from ICEs of all sorts.

    Those Nissan LEAFs that scoot by me are driving too fast. How do I know? When they are driving the appropriate speed for that corner they too emit a faint pedestrian whir. It’s just a necessity that EVs have low speed sound to prevent avoidable tragedy. Pedestrians including the visually impaired, pets and children need a heads up.

  6. James says:

    Also of note is that several ICEmakers also pump white noise tbrough their stereo speakers to mask the gas engine sounds for more of a silent, luxury experience.

    So electric cars need fake gas vroom sounds to garner emotion and gas cars need fake sound for silence to incur a feeling of goodness….

    ARE WE HUMANS EVER HAPPY?!!!

    My advice to OEMs:

    Get real.

    LINKiN PARK doesn’t have a clue what my ears want or expect go hear. Are the guys at AMG-Daimler crazy?!

    EV supercars like the NIO and Rimac sound like a jet fighter when streaking down a track at 150+. Sounds cool to me!

  7. James says:

    Reread this article after cueing up Simon and Garfunkel’s timeless hit: The Sounds of Silence.

    Perhaps AMG needs to pull their heads out of LINKIN PARK and Ramstein for a sec and experience the goodness of quietness.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLfCnGVeL4

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