Jun 16, 2023 07:08 UTC
June 16, 2023 at 07:08 UTC
The new ChatGPT-enabled beta capability will be tested for about three months in more than 900,000 Mercedes vehicles across the United States.
Mercedes-Benz is incorporating artificial intelligence into more than 900,000 vehicles as part of a new trial of a voice assistant system powered by ChatGPT.
The company announced on June 16 that owners of any vehicle with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface, which currently accounts for more than 900,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the United States, can now take advantage of the optional beta functionality.
By saying, “Hey Mercedes, I’d like to join the beta program,” while sitting in their vehicle, Mercedes drivers can sign up for the new AI-powered voice assistant. As an alternative, consumers can register through the “me” application provided by car manufacturers.
The manufacturer, a German company, states that ChatGPT will “complement” its current voice control features by enhancing its current capabilities:
ChatGPT uses a very large language model to significantly improve natural language understanding and broaden the topics it can answer, in contrast to most voice assistants which are limited to predefined tasks and responses.
Users will be able to ask Voice Assistant questions that are or are not relevant to the driving experience using a ChatGPT connection, and the chatbot should be able to respond with “comprehensive answers”.
Any voice command data collected by the voice assistant will be anonymized and analyzed, the company said, and then stored in the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Cloud system.
While this is the automaker’s latest foray into artificial intelligence, Mercedes-Benz has been working on blockchain-related projects for a while.
The automaker is collaborating with a number of nonfungible token (NFT) artists in January 2022 to commemorate the G-Class series models. In July 2020, the company started using the Ocean Protocol blockchain to collect various user data.
The company also introduced its own cryptocurrency in March 2018 to encourage green driving.