Mercedes-Benz announced on Thursday that starting on June 16, American drivers would be able to use ChatGPT to power some of its high-end vehicles in a test programme.
According to the business, ChatGPT will download over the air when drivers opt-in via a Mercedes app or by voice command and is compatible with about 900,000 vehicles that feature the automaker’s “MBUX” systems.
Mercedes will observe how users of the gadget use it during the three-month test.
Mercedes disclosed that ChatGPT will improve the naturalness of its in-car system’s responses and enable users to ask about destinations or other issues, such as what to make for dinner.
The manufacturer previously allowed users to make a variety of voice requests, such as turning on seat warmers.
The German automaker said in a press release that users would be able to communicate with their vehicles by saying “Hey Mercedes,” in addition to giving them instructions.
One day, drivers may be able to make restaurant reservations, purchase movie tickets, and perform other operations while driving thanks to ongoing integrations known as plug-ins, according to a different blog post from Microsoft.
Mercedes’ intentions to extend similar artificial intelligence to other nations and in other languages will be informed by the test program’s findings, the company stated. The Mercedes cloud also stores, anonymizes, and analyses voice data, it was added.
Rival General Motors announced in March that as part of its broader partnership with Microsoft, it was investigating potential for ChatGPT in vehicles.