Volkswagen unveiled its first voice-assistant vehicles incorporating ChatGPT technology at the CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas on Monday, enabling drivers to access up-to-date content they can listen to while driving.
The chatbot, developed through a partnership with Cerence Inc., can control in-car entertainment and answer general knowledge questions. In the future, it could talk to drivers and interact in other ways, the automaker said in a statement.
Volkswagen claimed to be the first major automaker to make this technology a standard feature on compact cars. GM announced in March last year that it was working on a virtual personal assistant that uses artificial intelligence models behind ChatGPT.
Mercedes-Benz ran a test program last June that allowed about 900,000 vehicles equipped with the company’s “MBUX” system to “download” ChatGPT, eventually being able to perform tasks such as making movie or restaurant reservations while driving. .
On which models?
The new chatbot is offered in conjunction with the latest generation of infotainment in the following models: ID.7, ID.4, ID.5, ID.3, the all-new Tiguan and the all-new Passat, as well as the new Golf. According to the German automaker, the integration of ChatGPT into the backend of the Volkswagen voice assistant offers many new features that go far beyond the previous voice control. For example, the IDA voice assistant can be used to control entertainment, navigation and climate control or to answer general knowledge questions. In the future, AI will provide additional information in response to questions beyond this as part of its ever-expanding capabilities. This can be useful on many levels during a car journey: Enriching conversations, clarifying questions, interacting in intuitive language, getting information about the vehicle and much more – purely hands-free.