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Virtual car manual?

Just lately we borrowed a car (it was not an Audi) from  our friends (very kind of them, they saved us from a bus journey of over 1,5 hours). Late at night we wanted to start our journey back. Unfortunately none of us did know which of the switch positions was the normal headlight. We were happy to find the manual in the car and looked up the switch position for the headlight. An easier way and time-saving way would it have been if the car would have had a virtual help. Perhaps you would only verbally communicate a keyword to activate the system and let it know your question. The virtual assistant could e.g. show the position on a display or communicate it verbally.

There are of course more persons with that idea. If you rent a car you know what it means to first start to get used to where everything is.  Already before 2011 there started a cooperation between Audi and the Technical University Munich for such a virtual assistant. The product, called AVICOS, was presented in 2011. Here you can see the use of AVICOS in a video (unfortunately I only found a version in German). There is also a paper explaining specifically the dialogue selection system. The paper is writing by one of the systems developers, Jan Leimeister. Several websites wrote in 2011 about the system and praised it, e.g. ScienceDaily, NBCNews and Gizmag.

What happened? Is there an Audi-driver here that used the system?

I did not find any new information about this assistant. There are still technical problems with the correct interpretation of accents or to distinguish the users voice from background noise (e.g. here mentioned in the context of SIRI). Are those reasons for not implementing the systems? Or is it implemented and everyone is so happy about it that it is not further discussed?

Also a virtual assistant should have a kind of self-awareness, meaning it should be possible for the user to question it about its functions to find out its abilities. Perhaps it would also be good to keep the answers a bit artificial to not grow expectations in the user that the virtual assistant completely understands natural language (which the assistant likely cannot due to missing context information about the world and ambiguity of language). However, whereas limited to the context of the car’s user manual it could help to find functions and explain functions visually and verbally.  At least for me this seems more convenient than to search in a manual. I really would have liked to try AVICOS.

There is another potentially forgotten virtual assistant (for my subjective interpretation the Avatar looks a bit like focusing on the user group of lonely male drivers):

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