Tesla is going to integrate Elon Musk’s newly launched Grok AI assistant in its electric vehicles, according to the CEO.

Earlier this year, Musk launched a new AI startup, xAI, and said that it will work closely with Tesla.

The company’s mission is “to understand the true nature of the universe”, but in practice, its first project is to build a chatbot or AI assistant à la ChatGPT.

Now that the project has officially launched, we get more details about what the collaboration with Tesla is going to look like.

The chatbot is called Grōk AI. xAI describes it as follows:

Grok is an AI modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask! Grok is designed to answer questions with a bit of wit and has a rebellious streak, so please don’t use it if you hate humor!

The company says that it is going to leverage the data coming from X, and Musk announced that it will be offered directly on the social media platform through its premium subscription service.

As for Tesla, early beta tester Brian Roemmele reported that a “smaller quantized” version of Grõk will run “native” in Tesla vehicles using the local compute power.

Musk “liked” the report and added:

Provided our vehicle AI computer is able to run the model, Tesla will probably have the most amount of true usable inference compute on Earth. Even in a robotaxi future, the cars will only be used for ~1/3 of hours/week, leaving 2/3 for distributed inference, like SETI.

Tesla has increasingly put emphasis on voice commands inside its vehicles and it would be a natural progression to have a AI assistant inside the vehicle.

Musk has previously said that “all input is an error,” as he wants Tesla vehicles to anticipate the needs of the owner and get things done as they are needed.

It now sounds like Grōk AI is now going to be part of that plan.

There’s no official timeline for the integration into Tesla vehicles, but Grōk is now becoming available in early beta to some X users. It is expected to expand from there.

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MuskWire TLDR:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company will integrate his newly launched Grok AI assistant into its electric vehicles. Grok AI is a chatbot designed to answer questions and suggest new ones, modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Musk’s AI startup, xAI, will work closely with Tesla to leverage the data coming from X. Early beta tester Brian Roemmele reported that a “smaller quantized” version of Grok will run natively in Tesla vehicles using local compute power. Musk also mentioned that Tesla vehicles will have a significant amount of inference compute, even in a future with robotaxis. Tesla has been focusing on voice commands in its vehicles, and integrating an AI assistant like Grok AI would be a natural progression. While there is no official timeline for integration, Grok AI is currently in early beta testing and is expected to expand from there.