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ChatGPT allows Mercedes- Benz drivers to converse with their car

- Amritpal Kaur Sandhu- Longoria USA TODAY

Want to have a conversati­on with your Mercedes- Benz?

Now you can with ChatGPT via the vehicle’s “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant. Partnering with Microsoft’s Azure Open AI Service to provide customers with advanced language artificial intelligen­ce services, Mercedes will offer drivers more interactiv­e conversati­ons with their vehicles.

Drivers opt in to a beta program by using the vehicle’s Mercedes me app and saying, “Hey Mercedes, I want to join the beta program.”

The programs started Friday and will last three months, giving developers “helpful insights into specific requests, enabling them to set precise priorities in the further developmen­t of voice control,” according to a Mercedes- Benz press release.

The beta program is available in more than 900,000 Mercedes- Benz vehicles.

What are the features included?

In a blog post from Eric Boyd, corporate vice president of the AI Platform at Microsoft, he highlighte­d the vehicle’s new capabiliti­es:

● Interactiv­e voice conversati­ons with ChatGPT that also understand­s voice commands.

● Enhanced and comprehens­ive responses while keeping your hands on the wheel. Drivers can ask complex questions or get more informatio­n about a destinatio­n or a recipe.

● Drivers can get detailed responses with contextual follow- up questions.

● Mercedes- Benz also is exploring how to integrate ChatGPT’s third- party services which may allow drivers to accomplish tasks like booking a seat at a restaurant or getting movie tickets.

What does this mean for my data privacy?

Mercedes- Benz will retain control over the informatio­n technology processes, while Mercedes- Benz Intelligen­t Cloud will collect and retain voice command data which will be anonymized and analyzed. Mercedes- Benz USA’s Privacy Policy for the Mercedes me app says the company tracks the following for vehicles made after 2019:

● How you drive your vehicle which includes how you speed, accelerate, brake, use the seat belt and how long your trips take.

● Precise location of your vehicle.

● Account informatio­n like name, address, payment informatio­n, email address, telephone number, and date of birth.

● Vehicle data generated by the software and sensors in the car, such as diagnostic codes, mileage, fuel, tire pressure, battery data, door and window status, climate control settings.

● Service- related informatio­n such as routes, charging station informatio­n, calendar entries, contact numbers traffic and hazard informatio­n. They also may collect informatio­n from your address book, calendar, tasks, and email if you authorize the collection.

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