American car manufacturer General Motors is working on a voice assistant based on large ChatGPT language models. The information was disclosed on Tuesday, March 10, 2023 to Semafor media (who was trusted by a source familiar with the matter) and confirmed on Monday, March 13, 2023 by Reuters with confirmation from Scott Miller, GM Vice President . .
If there was any doubt that the core language models democratized by the remarkable advent of ChatGPT would soon be used by automakers to provide new opportunities for drivers, then GM was the first to clearly mention it.
Needless to say, the partnership that its autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise launched two years ago with Microsoft put it in first place. Therefore, there is a good chance that the company’s future voice chatbot will be based on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service.
Replace the owner’s manual or make an appointment in the garage
Scott Miller said this AI-powered assistant will go beyond the simple voice commands that have been available in vehicles for some time now. He explained that his chatbot would behave differently than ChatGPT or Bing Chat, thanks to the addition of an “extra software layer” specific to the vehicle.
This will allow you to ask questions regarding the condition of the vehicle, thus replacing the owner’s manual. For example, it can show the driver how to change a car tire in the event of a puncture by playing an explainer video, or tell the driver what to do when a certain light is on.
Also, according to the vice president, the voice assistant can even make an appointment in the garage for major repairs or repairs, as well as offer integration and programming features with other devices, including portals, driveways or garage doors.
The start of the AI race in the automotive sector?
No release date has been given, but we can assume that the manufacturer’s high-end vehicles, especially its Cadillac, will be the first to integrate the technology when it’s ready.
More recently, engine physics and performance have given way to connectivity and software integration among car manufacturers’ R&D priorities, whether it’s for greater comfort, safety, or entertainment.
Fearing dependence on GAFAM, the latter first tried to develop their own computer systems, and then finally decided to join them, as GM did with Microsoft. With this announcement, the American manufacturer seems to want to take the lead by officially kicking off the race for AI integration that should soon play out in the automotive sector.
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