“Hey Mercedes”: present the first assistant for cars with ChatGPT

The automotive firm Mercedes-Benz announced the inclusion of a voice assistant that works under the OpenAI ChatGPT language model .

Mercedes-Benz is adding a new voice assistant to its cars that is powered by ChatGPT , a large language model of OpenAI, and will become available on select Mercedes-Benz models starting in 2023.

The voice assistant powered by Generative AI will be able to understand natural language and respond to a wide range of commands such as playing music, adjusting the temperature or choosing a path in certain directions. The assistant will also be able to answer questions about the car, such as the fuel level or tire pressure.

Mercedes-Benz  claims that the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant is part of its effort to make its cars more user-friendly and convenient. The company also specified that the assistant will help reduce driver distraction.

“The integration of ChatGPT with Microsoft into our controlled cloud environment is a milestone on our journey to make our cars the center of our customers’ digital lives. Our beta program leverages existing Hey Mercedes features such as navigation queries, weather and other requests, with the capabilities of ChatGPT,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Head of Technology, Development and Procurement.

A voice assistant powered by ChatGPT is a clear example of how large language models are being used in innovative ways. OpenAI has also partnered with other companies to use ChatGPT in a variety of applications, such as customer service chatbots and medical diagnostic tools.

As large language models continue to improve, it is likely that they will be used in other ways. This could have a major impact on the way we interact with technology, from the way we use our cars to the way we receive healthcare.