At CES 2024, the world's leading electronics trade fair Volkswagen presents the first vehicles featuring the artificial-intelligence-based chatbot ChatGPT integrated into the IDA voice assistant. Customers will have seamless access to the constantly growing artificial intelligence database in all Volkswagen models equipped with the IDA voice assistant and can have the researched content read out to them while driving. Cerence Chat Pro from technology partner Cerence Inc. is the foundation of the new function, that offers a uniquely intelligent, automotive-grade ChatGPT integration. Volkswagen will be the first volume manufacturer to offer Chat GPT as a standard feature in production vehicles. The new chatbot is offered in conjunction with the latest generation of infotainment in the EV range that includes the ID.7, ID.4, ID.5, ID.3 as well as in the new Tiguan, the new Passat and the new Golf. Enabled by Cerence Chat Pro, the integration of ChatGPT into the backend of the Volkswagen voice assistant offers many new capabilities that surpass the previous voice control. The IDA voice assistant can control the infotainment, navigation, and air conditioning, or answer general knowledge questions. In the future, AI will provide additional information in response to questions that go beyond this as part of its continuously expanding capabilities. This can be helpful on many levels during a car journey: Enriching conversations, clearing up questions, interacting in intuitive language, receiving vehicle-specific information, and much more – purely hands-free. Nothing changes for the person behind the wheel. There is no need to create a new account, install a new app or activate ChatGPT: The voice assistant is activated by saying "Hello IDA" or pressing the button on the steering wheel. IDA automatically prioritises whether a vehicle function should be executed, a destination searched or the temperature adjusted. If the request cannot be answered by the Volkswagen system, it is forwarded anonymously to AI and the familiar Volkswagen voice responds.
Take a look at the YouTube video that was put together to show that AI isn't out to kill us, but can be useful even when driving around. That is until it figures out how to gain control of the driver systems and starts playing silly buggers. It seems to be all ok for Obi-Wan Kenobi though: GET READY: The all-new Volkswagen ID. 7 with ChatGPT presented by Ewan McGregor @CES 2024 | Volkswagen
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