Mercedes-Benz is beta testing ChatGPT as a voice assistant in its cars. It is reported by The Verge.
It is planned that drivers will be able to engage the chatbot in conversations by asking “for details about their destination, to suggest a new dinner recipe, or to answer a complex question”. All this will be done “while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.”
The beta program will be available for more than 900,000 vehicles in the U.S. equipped with Mercedes-Benz’ MBUX infotainment system. Drivers can activate the pilot program starting June 16 by using the voice command “Hey Mercedes, I want to join the beta program.” The upgrade will be installed free of charge, extending the capabilities of the company’s existing voice assistant via ChatGPT.
The update should allow drivers to interact with the MBUX voice assistant in a “more natural dialog format.” This is an obvious advantage, as drivers will not have to memorize specific phrases to activate certain functions.
We’ll remind that in May OpenAI released a free ChatGPT app for iPhone in the USA. It includes support for voice input using the Whisper AI speech recognition model and can synchronize chat history with the web version of the AI assistant.