ChatGPT as Copilot - Motorcycle trip planning with the support of AI
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence developed by OpenAI that enables human-like communication and information retrieval. The system has been trained on a vast amount of data, including texts from various sources such as books, articles, websites, and other online content. As a result, ChatGPT can handle a variety of tasks, such as generating text, answering questions, translating text, creating summaries, and generating creative ideas. It can also analyze information and provide recommendations on various topics.
Whether on your own, with a trailer/bus, or with rented motorcycles - many factors play a role in planning motorcycle trips, and this is where ChatGPT can be a valuable aid. In this article, I will show you how you can use ChatGPT in your planning to design motorcycle trips and get inspiration.
How can I use ChatGPT?
Open the website https://chat.openai.com/ in your browser. Create an account or log in with your existing credentials (access is free). On the main page, you will find various input fields and options to interact with ChatGPT. Enter your questions or instructions in the text field, for example, "Which destinations in Europe are particularly popular among off-road motorcycle riders?" and press the Enter key or click "Send". ChatGPT processes your request and provides a detailed answer or a list of suggestions within seconds. If needed, you can ask additional questions or make adjustments by interacting with ChatGPT again.
"Risks and Side Effects"
ChatGPT possesses impressive capabilities. However, the system is not flawless and may sometimes invent things or connections that do not correspond to reality. Therefore, you should always critically evaluate the results and verify them if necessary. This ensures that the provided information is correct and reliable. Note that ChatGPT's knowledge is based on data up until the year 2021, and it is unaware of more recent events, such as the war in Ukraine.
Answers to the same question may vary depending on how the system interprets the question or what information it draws from its database. Use the opportunity to ask the system questions to identify any uncertainties or contradictions. By critically questioning and obtaining additional information from trustworthy sources, you can ensure that you make the best possible decisions for your trip planning.
Be careful not to disclose personal or sensitive information when interacting with ChatGPT. OpenAI has implemented privacy policies to protect your privacy, but it is advisable to be cautious. Only share information that is relevant to travel planning and route optimization, and limit your inquiries to factual information and general questions to minimize the risk of misuse of your personal data.
Use Cases for Travel Planning
To illustrate how ChatGPT can assist in planning a fictional motorcycle trip, let's consider some possible queries to the system ("Prompt"). Use these examples as inspiration or templates for your own inquiries:
- Which destinations in Europe are particularly popular among off-road motorcycle riders?
- We want to ride from Leipzig to the Carpathian Mountains with our dual-sport motorcycles. Suggest a route and meaningful stops for overnight stays and sightseeing. We don't want to ride more than 400 km per day.
- What average speed should we plan for our motorcycle trip in the Carpathian Mountains on country roads?
- Please create a packing list for a 7-day motorcycle trip to the Carpathian Mountains. Include appropriate tools as well.
- Please provide a list of useful words and phrases that we can print out and take with us on our motorcycle trip to the Carpathian Mountains.
- We are traveling in late May. What kind of weather should we expect in the Carpathian Mountains?
- We found interesting GPX tracks on the internet. How can I display them on my mobile phone?
- We want to inspect our motorcycles ourselves before the trip. What should we check?
- What equipment should we pack in our backpacks for on-site motorcycle tours?
- Can you recommend exercises to quickly recover after a long day on the motorcycle?
- Please suggest interesting attractions in Brașov.
- Which Romanian dishes and drinks should we definitely try?
- What unique souvenirs could we bring back from our motorcycle trip to the Carpathian Mountains for our families?
Here are a few selected prompts and the system's responses:
Alternatives to ChatGPT
ChatGPT version 3.5 was released in autumn 2022, and the system is continuously being optimized. However, it still has some weaknesses. You may consider the following alternatives:
• ChatGPT Plus (currently $20/month): The paid version of ChatGPT provides access to ChatGPT version 4, which offers significant improvements in answer quality, text length, and consistency. You can find information about ChatGPT Plus here.
• Bing by Microsoft: Microsoft's Bing app allows free use of the artificial intelligence "Bing." The underlying system can also perform internet searches and partly uses GPT 4 by OpenAI to generate answers. Especially in creative mode, the answers can be convincing. The Bing app is available for Android and iOS, or it can be used via the Edge browser on desktop.
• Open-Assistant.io: This open-source alternative is free, but the quality of the answers is significantly lower than the aforementioned systems. You can find more information here.
If the system doesn't generate the desired answers, you can also try the following methods and prompts:
- "Create a list of..."
- "...Go step by step in your answer."
- "How can I..."
- "What are the alternatives?"
- "What would ... recommend?" (takes the perspective of another person/role)
- "Answer briefly/in detail"
- "Please explain the procedure."
- "Please explain it in more detail."
Depending on the question, it may also be helpful to provide examples of the desired answer. The system outputs only a certain amount of characters per request. If the output stops in the middle, you can continue the text by using the prompt "continue."
Also, note that in long discussions, ChatGPT can lose track and forget parts of the original topic. To avoid this, you can repeat or summarize important information or questions.
Conclusion and Outlook
ChatGPT is undoubtedly an interesting option for travel planning but has some weaknesses. By being aware of and considering these weaknesses, it can still be a useful tool and a source of inspiration for your motorcycle trips.
In the future, systems that integrate web search, navigation, and other functions like ChatGPT will become even more powerful and helpful.
Look forward to more exciting articles in our series "ChatGPT as a Copilot," where we explore the potential of this technology further and show you how to make the most of it.
Have a great trip!
Author: Christoph Jadanowski / endurocult.de
Publication Date: 2023-05-11
This article is also available at enduro.de