The electric EQS, the C-Class, and the S-Class get the update.
As cars get ever more connected to the internet, it makes less and less sense to rely on our phones for anything. Most new cars are available with navigation, a WiFi hotspot, and internet access. With that in mind, manufacturers have been trialing new streaming services, including Apple Music. This is currently offered in Porsche's Taycan and even the high-performance 911 GT3, but Porsche isn't the only brand to do it. Now, Mercedes-Benz is adding the feature to three of its models, giving buyers access to over 75 million songs, as well as thousands of playlists and various live radio shows on Apple Music 1.
The vehicles gaining access to these updates are the new, all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS and two traditional models: the C-Class and S-Class. For those who have already bought a C-Class or an S-Class, the MBUX infotainment system will be updated over the air later in the year. As for the aforementioned radio stations that customers will have access to, these include Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music Country live-streaming services. The service is fully integrated into the MBUX system, so drivers can say "Hey Mercedes" to request songs, albums, playlists, or radio stations while on the move.
By activating the "Online Music" option, drivers can also access their own existing libraries on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and/or TIDAL, so finding your favorite tune is easy even if you don't have your smartphone or other music devices with you.
Sajjad Khan, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG and CTO, says, "We use the possibilities of digitization through over-the-air updates to make the time our customers spend in their Mercedes as entertaining and fulfilling as possible. The seamless integration of online music streaming offers customers digital access to their own personal music enjoyment. With Apple Music, we have now fully integrated another service that fits perfectly into the Mercedes-Benz online music portfolio."
Presumably, other models will get the Apple Music update in the near future, giving buyers a more diverse offering of streaming services. Soon enough, our cars will be able to everything our phones can.