Volkswagen, at the CES 2024 event, announced a significant update to its in-car technology. They are incorporating ChatGPT, an advanced artificial intelligence chatbot, into the IDA voice assistant of their vehicles, beginning in the second quarter of 2024.
ChatGPT, a product of OpenAI, is a sophisticated AI tool capable of understanding and generating human-like text based on the input it receives. This technology has been used in various applications for its ability to interact in natural language, provide information, and even write creative content.
Volkswagen’s integration of ChatGPT into the IDA voice assistant marks a major advancement in in-car technology. It allows drivers to interact with their vehicles in an intuitive, conversational manner. Drivers can control various functions like infotainment, navigation, and air conditioning, as well as ask general knowledge questions. The system, developed with technology partner Cerence Inc., leverages Cerence Chat Pro for a seamless, automotive-grade integration of ChatGPT.
This feature will be standard in many Volkswagen models, including the ID.7, ID.4, ID.5, ID.3, the all-new Tiguan, Passat, and the new Golf. The integration enhances the driver experience by offering hands-free interaction and access to a vast database of information, all without the need for a new account or app installation. The system is activated simply by saying “Hello IDA” or pressing a button on the steering wheel.
Volkswagen says that it will assure the highest level of data protection with this feature. ChatGPT does not access vehicle data, and all questions and answers are immediately deleted after interaction. This commitment to security and privacy is a cornerstone of the partnership between Volkswagen and Cerence.
Kai Grünitz, Volkswagen’s Board Member for Technical Development, highlighted the company’s tradition of making technology accessible. This move to integrate ChatGPT aligns with Volkswagen’s goal of offering innovative and value-added features to drivers. Similarly, Stefan Ortmanns, CEO of Cerence, expressed pride in their partnership with Volkswagen, emphasizing the flexibility, customization, and security of the Cerence Chat Pro integration. Expect additional automakers to follow suit. We’ll see how the technology works, particularly with other applications such as Google’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Volkswagen’s integration of ChatGPT into their vehicle lineup represents a significant advancement in the field of automotive technology. This move provides drivers with enhanced interactivity and access to information, enriching the driving experience. Additionally, Volkswagen has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring the security and user-friendliness of this technology, demonstrating their commitment to balancing innovation with practicality.
Details of this story along with the images were derived from a Volkswagen press release.