Tmall, China’s leading e-commerce platform under Alibaba, launched two “automotive vending machines,” which are actually self-service car stores, in east China’s Shanghai and Nanjing on December 13, 2017, 163.com reported.
Covering an area of nearly 200 square meters, the self-service store in Shanghai allows customers to test drive over 100 car brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Buick, and Ford.
Consumers need to make an appointment for a test drive via a mobile phone app; then they can go to the self-service automobile store, and pick up the car keys from an automatic locker, which is linked to a facial recognition machine.
The store offers a three-day-long “super test drive,” allowing customers to have a more thorough driving experience than at a traditional dealership.
Tmall said the store will make buying a car as easy as buying a bottle of cola from a vending machine, which might usher in a new era for car retail.
Tmall is set to open dozens of similar stores in cities across the country.
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