At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Volkswagen has revealed that they integrate ChatGPT into its vehicles. This incorporation with technology partner Cerence will see ChatGPT embedded into its current MEB and MQB evo models that utilize the IDA voice assistant. This implementation, known as Cerence Chat Pro, enables a sophisticated, automotive-grade ChatGPT integration. This feature as a standard from the second quarter of 2024 in numerous production vehicles, including in the United States and Canada.
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This new feature enhances the capabilities of Volkswagen’s IDA voice assistant. Now, drivers can engage in more dynamic interactions, accessing a broad range of information and functionalities. The integration allows for intuitive language interaction, providing responses to general knowledge queries and controlling various aspects of the vehicle, such as infotainment, navigation, and air conditioning systems.
Remarkably, the integration of ChatGPT into Volkswagen’s vehicles necessitates no additional setup from the user. It’s as simple as initiating a conversation with “Hello IDA” or a press of a button on the steering wheel. The system automatically determines whether to respond to a request internally or to forward it to the AI, maintaining user anonymity and prioritizing data protection.
Volkswagen has ensured the highest level of data security with this feature. ChatGPT does not access vehicle data, and all interactions are promptly deleted after processing. The Cerence Chat Pro system leverages multiple sources, including ChatGPT, to provide relevant and accurate responses to nearly any query.
Kai Grünitz, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for Technical Development, emphasized Volkswagen’s dedication to democratizing technology. The integration of ChatGPT, according to Grünitz, highlights Volkswagen’s innovative approach and commitment to enhancing user experience. This sentiment was echoed by Stefan Ortmanns, CEO of Cerence, who expressed pride in their partnership with Volkswagen and the potential for future advancements using large language models (LLMs).
Volkswagen’s integration of ChatGPT will enrich the driving experience. This move is likely to shape the future of automotive technology, blending the worlds of AI and vehicles in a seamless and user-focused manner.