The 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas always brings plenty of technological advancements for the car industry. This year, Volkswagen is at the heart of it. The brand unveiled its first vehicles that come with the AI based ChatGPT integrated into its IDA voice assistant.
The software is built on Cerence Chat Pro from Cerence Inc and serves as the foundation for an “automotive grade” ChatGPT version. With this announcement, Volkswagen becomes the first large-scale manufacturer to offer ChatGPT as standard beginning Q2 2024.
Cars with the latest generation of infotainment will come with the software built in. That includes the ID.7, ID.4, ID.5, ID.3, new Tiguan, new Passat and the new Golf! Updates include voice control of the infotainment via the IDA voice assistant which can also be used to control the navigation, air condition and will answer general knowledge questions too!
Volkswagen says the system will deliver “enriching conversations” and clear up questions. They have also clarified that the driver will not need to create a new account, install a new app or activate anything. Simply saying “Hello IDA’ will engage the Volkswagen system which will engage the AI bot if it cannot answer the question.
The German manufacturer have also clarified that ChatGPT will not have access to any vehicle data and any information generated will be deleted immediately for data protection.
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Words by Matthew D’Souza, pictures courtesy of Volkswagen Newsroom.