Volkswagen is bringing the popular AI chatbot ChatGPT to its cars and SUVs. The German automaker announced at CES 2024 that it will add ChatGPT to all Volkswagen models equipped with its IDA voice assistant. The feature will roll out in the second quarter, starting with Europe.
What does this mean for drivers?
Drivers will be able to use ChatGPT to ask their cars questions, get information, and even have conversations. For example, you could ask your car to read the news out loud to you, tell you a story, or answer a general knowledge question.
How does it work?
ChatGPT is integrated into the back end of the IDA voice assistant. When you ask a question, the IDA voice assistant will first try to answer it itself. If it can’t answer the question, it will be forwarded to ChatGPT. ChatGPT will then generate a response, which will be relayed back to you through the IDA voice assistant.
What are the limitations?
Volkswagen has placed some limits on what ChatGPT can answer. For example, questions about profanity, sex, and other sensitive topics will not be answered.
Volkswagen says that ChatGPT is just the beginning. The company is working with Cerence, the company that developed Chat Pro, to design a new, large language model (LLM)-based user experience for its next-generation in-car assistant.