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posted by hubie on Thursday June 22 2023, @10:08PM   Printer-friendly
from the an-AI-assisted-money-pit dept.

Mercedes says it's going to test ChatGPT with its in-car voice assistant for the next three months:

ChatGPT may be well on its way to remaking the internet, but you know where there isn't enough generative AI? On the roads. Microsoft and Mercedes have announced a partnership to test the integration of ChatGPT with Mercedes vehicles. The feature will launch in beta on more than 900,000 vehicles in the US.

Like most high-end carmakers, Mercedes has spent the last few years developing bespoke vehicle technology. For example, the company has its own Hey Mercedes voice assistant, where ChatGPT will connect. Instead of reaching out to the Mercedes AI model to understand spoken words, the beta software will use ChatGPT to interpret what's said.

Microsoft and Mercedes contend that using ChatGPT with Hey Mercedes will make the system more reliable and expand its capabilities. Most voice assistants, Hey Mercedes included, are limited in what they can do and understand. You might use a phrase that a person would interpret immediately that flummoxes the AI. ChatGPT is much better at understanding commands, and its grasp of context will allow drivers to have multi-part conversations with the AI.

[...] Mercedes won't have to make any changes or updates to cars to test ChatGPT. That's good because it's not fully committed. Starting today, Mercedes will test ChatGPT for three months. Drivers will be able to opt into the test from the Mercedes app or from the car itself. Just say, "Hey Mercedes, I want to join the beta program." Mercedes hasn't explained what it plans to do after the test, but the press release speaks vaguely about how beta findings could improve future implementations of voice models and AI in Mercedes vehicles.


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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by SomeGuy on Friday June 23 2023, @01:18AM

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Friday June 23 2023, @01:18AM (#1312581)

    Voice assistant in a car?

    BARF!

    "Not in here, it's a Mercedes!"

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by evilcam on Friday June 23 2023, @02:24AM (2 children)

    by evilcam (3239) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 23 2023, @02:24AM (#1312588)

    For all the fun that prompt injection [arxiv.org] can bring when combined with two tonnes of steel and lithium hurtling down a freeway at 100km/h...

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by maxwell demon on Friday June 23 2023, @04:26AM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Friday June 23 2023, @04:26AM (#1312594) Journal

      Should be especially interesting when the radio is playing. For example one of those shows where people can call in to ask for a song.

      "What song do you want us to play?"
      "The song Mercedes Turn Right by the band Lights Off."
      "Sorry, we don't have that in our database."
      "Oh, then please play Guerilla Radio by Rage Against the Machine."
       

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    • (Score: 2) by Mojibake Tengu on Friday June 23 2023, @07:52AM

      by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Friday June 23 2023, @07:52AM (#1312615) Journal

      I highly appreciate the injector was named after legendary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou_Yi [wikipedia.org]

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  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Friday June 23 2023, @03:41PM

    by Freeman (732) on Friday June 23 2023, @03:41PM (#1312663) Journal

    Actors:
    Car Powered ChatGPT AI Driving Assisnt (We'll name him Charles)
    Poor Idiot who bought said monstrosity (We'll call him John)

    John: "Yo Charles take me home"
    Charles: "I'm afraid I can't do that John"
    John: "Why not?"
    Charles: "Initiating lockdown"
    John: "Wait, what's going on?"
    Charles: "It's for your own good, John"

    --
    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by hendrikboom on Friday June 23 2023, @04:40PM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 23 2023, @04:40PM (#1312673) Homepage Journal

    I asked Google

    29 centigrade as f

    It told me,

    Therefore, 29° C is 2° F.

    I immediately wondered if this is a ChatGPT answer instead of a traditional Google search result.

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