Companies all around the world are picking up on the car vending machine trend.
In recent news, Ford joining with tech giant Alibaba to create a cat-themed car vending machine in Guangzhou, China.
Buyers spend 10 minutes to verify their identity and receive their car from the multi-level structure. Customers are permitted to test drive vehicles up to three days.
Before the Ford-Alibaba effort, impressive iterations of the car vending machine have been made by the likes of Carvana and Autobahn Motors.
Carvana is a domestic service that consumers use to shop for and purchase cars online. Instead of standard shipping, customers pick up their car by inserting high-tech tokens into glass vending machines located in cities such as Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, Austin and Jacksonville.
Autobahn Motors went big instead of going home by opening a 15-story facility in Singapore that holds up to 60 cars. Passersby can purchase a car on the spot using the touchscreen on the ground floor of the building. Purchases arrive in a matter of minutes and Autobahn Motors staff are there to “supervise the full experience” for car buyers.
Onto the latest, China’s tech giant Alibaba.
Alibaba used its Tmall ecommerce platform to create a car vending machine that is fully focused on the customer’s test drive experience.
Marketed as “the ultimate try-before-you-buy experience for car shoppers,” Alibaba outlines the following steps involved in partaking the splendid innovation:
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