Alibaba and Ford have unveiled a car vending machine in Guangzhou, China. The car facility came about as a result of a partnership signed two years ago between the eCommerce giant and the car maker.
The unstaffed, digital vending machine is called the Super Test-Drive Center and houses dozens of Ford vehicles in the multi-story building. Customers can select the car they wish to test drive via the Tmall app. They then put down a deposit, schedule a pickup time, and snap a selfie so the vending machine can recognize them when picking up the car for a test drive. The process is quick, and Alibaba says it lasts no longer than 10 minutes.
The service taps Alibaba’s services and provides potential buyers with discounts and incentives based on their usage on Alibaba’s ecosystem.
The three-day test drives are free – as long as customers have a credit score of 700 or above. AutoBlog previously reported that Alibaba will build the kiosks across China and that customers could also buy the car outright with a 10 percent deposit and financing through Alibaba affiliates.
Previously: Buying Cars from Vending Machines with Carvana