Maybe you heard of Alibaba, the Amazon of China has unveiled something big this time, meet Roevew RX5, Alibaba’s first ever internet car! which was designed and engineered by state-owned automotive manufacturer SAIC (formerly the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation).
So what's so special with Roevew RX5, which looks like a random car different from the regular cars? In the words of the Chairman of Alibaba’s Technology Steering Committee, Dr. Wang Jian:
“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,”
Now simply put in layman’s terms, the new Roevew RX5 will be able to use Alibaba’s e-commerce ecosystem to let drivers “book and pay for gas without the driver getting out and going through a payment app on the phone or taking out a physical credit card.
It promises a customizable user experience that will allow the vehicle to recognize the driver by their smartphone or smartwatch and customize things to suit them.
The new car, which is set to deliver in August and is already up for pre-order, will run a smart dashboard based on Alibaba's YunOS software that already powers phones and tablets from other makers.
It also boasts of an intelligent map that offers location tracking and directions without the need for Wi-Fi or GPS services. Finally, Alibaba’s internet car will have 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 Roevew RX5 will be available in August and will have a price tag of $22,250.