Mercedes-Benz is set to revolutionize how drivers interact with their cars by integrating cutting-edge chatbot technology into their vehicles. In a groundbreaking move, the automaker will allow drivers to engage directly from behind the wheel with ChatGPT, the advanced chatbot developed by OpenAI. This marks one of the first instances of using chatbot technology in automobiles and has the potential to transform the future of motor transport.
Previously, Mercedes-Benz had enabled voice commands for basic functions such as seat heating prompts. However, this new integration takes things to the next level, allowing drivers to input conversational-style prompts and carry out a wide range of tasks, including making restaurant reservations, booking movie tickets, and more, all while on the road.
The feature will be available for approximately 900,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the automaker’s “MBUX” systems. After opting in through a Mercedes app or by voice command, drivers can download ChatGPT over the air. The test program began on June 16 and is initially available to U.S. drivers and will span three months. During this period, Mercedes will collect valuable data on how drivers utilize the chatbot technology.
This groundbreaking partnership between Mercedes-Benz and OpenAI also involves Microsoft, as the tech giant provides a version of ChatGPT through its cloud platform. This collaboration puts Microsoft in direct competition with Amazon’s widely adopted Alexa, which has made significant inroads in the automotive industry.
With the integration of chatbot technology into its vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is embracing innovation and aiming to enhance the driving experience by enabling seamless interaction between drivers and their cars. As the test program unfolds and the data is gathered, the potential for further advancements in automotive technology and human-machine interaction becomes increasingly tangible.