Smart Assistants like Alexa and Siri have integrated themselves into our lives and our homes and are now beginning to find their way into our cars.
More and more high-end vehicles are offering voice assistance for all kinds of features from maps to auto controls to suggestions for restaurants.
Mercedes Benz is now offering generative AI-powered voice assistants for cars with MBUX Infotainment systems.
Utilizing OpenAI’s ChatGPT via Microsoft Azure, Mercedes created a smarter smart assistant that is capable of carrying out multiple tasks.
As control screens have grown bigger and features more plentiful and complicated, drivers who can utilize their voices to interact with their car is becoming a common theme in safety.
Multiple studies in the last few years have reached an obvious conclusion: infotainment systems cause more distractions for drivers, which leads to a higher risk of collisions and fatalities.
Many cars leverage Google Assistant or Carplay, which simply utilize phone-activated commands but don’t cross over into controlling the car functions.
The Mercedes MBUX crosses those barriers, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel while changing the temperature or searching for music or nearby directions.
Drivers can even interact with other systems like smart home devices such as thermostats, garage doors, security systems, and lights.
With improved conversational skills, the smart assistant allows the drivers to ask more complex things like, “Is there anyone at home now?”
The system will understand the context and tap into the security system to check the home for movement and reply with details of when and where the movement was last seen.