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    Friday, December 15, 2017

    China To Open EV Vending Machines

    Alibaba Unveils Plans for an Electric Vehicle Vending Machine

    Brad Jones, December 14, 2017 (Futurism)

    "...Retail giant Alibaba has inked a deal to market electric vehicles built by Ford in China. The company plans to use a massive vending machine in order to facilitate sales...Customers [who qualify as Alibaba Super Members and have reached a certain level on the company’s credit scoring service] will scan a car that they’re interested in, using the Taobao shopping app developed by Alibaba. They can then pick a color, enter some basic information and take an all-important selfie...[th at] will be used to identify the individual when they head over to the unmanned vending machine. Facial recognition technology is used to match the person with their order, and the corresponding vehicle is taken out of storage...[The buyer will] have three days to test the vehicle...[and use a] smartphone app to pay for it, or to arrange to return the car and schedule another test drive...Customers are limited to five test periods every two months to ensure the system isn’t used as a free car hire service..." click here for more

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