Volkswagen’s news is thrilling for automotive technology enthusiasts! The brand has announced that its voice assistant will be integrating ChatGPT into its vehicles to engage in two-way conversations with users starting mid this year. This announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where Volkswagen showcased the technology.
Volkswagen has unveiled its initial vehicles featuring ChatGPT, which will be available to customers in North America and Europe by early second quarter this year. This advancement, presented at the CES event, marks a milestone in the interaction between drivers and their cars.
Imagine being able to say ‘I’m cold’ and having the car raise the temperature, or mentioning a craving for fried chicken and instantly being directed to the nearest restaurant. This is made possible thanks to artificial intelligence, which can recognize and respond to a variety of requests, according to Volkswagen executives and Cerence, the company collaborating on this technology.
Kai Gruenitz, a member of Volkswagen’s technical development board, explained to Reuters during the CES fair that now customers can adjust their vehicle’s functionalities without touching a single button. ‘Our customers don’t want to manually adjust their seats… they want to use voice dialogue systems,’ expressed Gruenitz.
While some critics note that the addition of generative artificial intelligence in vehicles is still catching up to the anticipated leap from a few years ago, car manufacturers disagree.
‘If you have Apple CarPlay or Android, you can’t adjust the functionalities within the vehicle. That’s the next step,’ Gruenitz added. ‘I believe what our customers are really seeking is the intuitive and seamless use of their car.’
Volkswagen claims to be the first manufacturer to integrate this technology as a standard feature in its compact cars. Meanwhile, General Motors announced last year that they were working on a virtual personal assistant using artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT.
Mercedes-Benz conducted a pilot program last year that allowed approximately 900,000 vehicles with the ‘MBUX’ system to download ChatGPT. The idea is to enable users to perform tasks like booking movies or restaurants from the steering wheel.
This integration of ChatGPT into Volkswagen vehicles marks an exciting step forward in the interaction between humans and cars, paving the way for a more connected and seamless driving experience. We are eager to see how this technology will transform the way we relate to our automobiles!