General Motors Co. is exploring the use of ChatGPT as part of a broader partnership with Microsoft Corp., a company executive told Reuters.
“ChatGPT is going to be everywhere,” GM Vice President Scott Miller said in an interview last week.
Chatbots can be used to access information about how to use vehicle features typically found in the owner’s manual, program features like garage door codes, or schedules in an integrated calendar, Miller said. “This shift goes beyond a single feature like the evolution of voice commands, but means customers can expect their future vehicles to be more powerful and fresh with emerging technologies,” a GM spokesman said Friday.
The news was first reported by website Semafor, which said the US automaker was developing a virtual personal assistant that uses the artificial intelligence model behind ChatGPT.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a multibillion-dollar investment in ChatGPT owner OpenAI, saying it aimed to add chatbot technology to all of its products.
Like other big tech companies, Microsoft has been stepping up its efforts to embed more technology into vehicles, from infotainment systems to autonomous driving to the operating system that controls battery performance and many other functions in the vehicle.
GM is partnering with Microsoft in 2021 to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving cars.
In a broader decline, GM shares fell about 2 percent on Friday. (Reporting by Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru and Joseph White in Detroit; Editing by Maju Samuel)