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Watch: Google Duplex Can Now Rent Cars For You

Remember Google Duplex, Google's creepy AI that can make restaurant reservations on your behalf?

Google has announced a new version of Duplex (called Duplex on the web) that doesn't just conduct business by voice. It can now execute tasks within your mobile browser.

Google Duplex for the web will soon make car reservations on the mobile web. Credit: Google

(Image credit: Google Duplex for the web will soon make car reservations on the mobile web. Credit: Google)

At this year's Google I/O developer conference, the company showed its assistant booking a rental car for a user. Say "Book me a rental car," and Google will auto-fill your information into your rental company's website, choose your favorite car, and select add-ons you might need (such as a carseat). 

You may be wondering how Google knows all this. That's easy: It digs through previous rental confirmations in your Gmail account. 

Google has made a number of incremental upgrades to its AI products this year. The company also showed off a second-generation version of Google Assistant, which it claims is faster and can operate offline, as well as a smarter Google Lens that can pick the most popular foods off a restaurant menu.

It's not clear how accurate Duplex on the web will be, or how many tasks you may need to help it out with, but it's a promising look at the hands-off potential of Google's AI (provided you don't mind Assistant snooping through your emails).

Check out all the news Google announced at its developer conference on our Google I/O 2019 hub page.