Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant has unveiled something wonderfully wonderful. The company is said to have been working on an internet-connected car for the past few years, and just unveiled the project’s first model.
On Wednesday the e-commerce giant showed off its latest SUV, the Roewe RX5, built along with state-owned automotive manufacturer SAIC (formerly the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation).
The Roewe RX5 is more than just an ordinary SUV, its an all encompassing gadgets car that can be used to control all your home appliances, as a matter of fact you can pay for your gas right inside the Roewe RX5.
Another interesting features of the Roewe RX5 is an intelligent map that offers location tracking and directions without the need for Wi-Fi or GPS services. It is also to come with navigation and voice control features, as well as three LED screens for interfacing with the OS and 360-degree detachable cameras for recording trips—and selfies! And it is capable of controlling a drone.
The Roewe RX5 which is set to hit the market come August is however up for pre-order, and will run a smart dashboard based on Alibaba’s YunOS software that already powers phones and tablets from other makers.
“The difference between an internet car and a traditional car is that connected smart operating systems like YunOS will improve the consumer experience beyond just driving. Smart operating systems become the second engine of cars, while data is the new fuel,” said Dr. Wang Jian, chairman of Alibaba’s Technology Steering Committee.”
Alibaba explains that the Roewe RX5 is just like your personal mobile phone, reinstating that each car is a unique device in an individual’s array of gadgets. He however gave instance of what the internet car can do, the car can pay for gas without the driver getting out and going through a payment app on the phone or taking out a physical credit card.
You can pre-order on Tmall