ChatGPT coming to future General Motors vehicles

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OpenAI’s ChatGPT is based on AI language models that could soon be used to power virtual assistants in General Motors cars. Reuters reported on Friday that a GM executive said the US auto company is investigating how ChatGPT could be used as part of a larger partnership with Microsoft.

Last week, Semafor also said that “people who know the product” said that GM was using Microsoft’s Azure cloud service, which has a ChatGPT API, to build a virtual personal assistant for its cars.

In an interview with Reuters last week, GM Vice President Scott Miller discussed the project. He said: “ChatGPT is going to be in everything.” Miller said the chatbot could go beyond the voice commands already used in cars by giving drivers information about their cars. For example, the chatbot could tell the driver what to do when a diagnostic light on the dash comes on, or show the user how to change a flat tire by displaying a video on the car’s entertainment system.

Ford’s as-yet-unnamed assistant could also be programmed to do things like open garage doors or use a calendar to remind the driver of upcoming meetings and tasks. Semafor says GM’s voice assistant might not work like ChatGPT or Bing Chatbot because the company plans to add a “car-specific layer” to OpenAI’s technology.

“This change is not just about one feature, like improved voice commands,” a GM spokesperson told Reuters on Friday. “Instead, it means that customers can expect their future vehicles to be much more capable and generally up-to-date when it comes to new technology.”

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Microsoft already has a “long-term strategic relationship” with General Motors. In 2021, GM’s self-driving subsidiary Cruise partnered with Microsoft to use Azure to build GM’s self-driving cars. General Motors has yet to give a launch date or make a formal announcement about its plans to integrate ChatGPT. With so few details, it could be a while before we can recreate scenes from Knight Rider in a new Chevrolet.

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