Volkswagen, in partnership with Bosch, is spearheading innovation in electric vehicle (EV) technology. The duo is testing an autonomous parking and charging system that aims to streamline the EV experience in large parking lots equipped with charging stations.
Cariad, Volkswagen’s software subsidiary, and Bosch are conducting trials in Germany, directing driverless EVs to available parking spaces with charging stations. The innovative system includes a charging robot that autonomously charges the vehicles before relocating them to free spaces, optimizing charging station usage. This cutting-edge approach addresses common challenges like long queues, blocked charging points, and manual cable handling.
While both companies have dabbled in similar technologies independently, this joint venture marks a significant leap toward seamlessly integrating automated parking and charging solutions.
Simultaneously, Volkswagen has unveiled plans to incorporate OpenAI’s ChatGPT into its vehicle lineup from the second quarter of 2024. This AI-driven chatbot will be accessible across all VW models, including the Tiguan, Passat, Golf, and the ID family of electric vehicles, initially launching in Europe and later in the U.S.
Volkswagen is leveraging ChatGPT to enhance its in-car voice assistant, IDA, facilitating more naturalistic communication between drivers and their vehicles. Users can control essential functions like heating and air conditioning or seek answers to general queries through voice commands. Importantly, VW emphasizes user privacy, assuring customers that no new accounts or additional apps are required. The chatbot activation occurs through a simple greeting or a button press on the steering wheel.
Crucially, OpenAI commits to maintaining high data protection standards, with questions and answers promptly deleted to ensure user privacy. As Volkswagen pushes the boundaries of EV technology, the integration of ChatGPT signals a transformative shift in in-car interactions, promising a seamless and secure experience for vehicle owners.