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.
The 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference is scheduled for April 8 to 11 in Boao, Hainan Province. The forum will be themed "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity."
— The Daily Mail - People's Daily