Alibaba and Ford unveil car vending machine in Guangzhou


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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and US car maker Ford have unveiled an unstaffed car vending machine in China's southern city Guangzhou.

The machine stands about five-storeys tall and contains 42 cars, of various models. Users of Tmall with good credit scores can buy a car from the machine in under 10 minutes. They simply need to select a model on Taobao mobile app, have their face scanned by the app, and have their identity verified once they arrive at the machine before the vehicle is delivered.

The vending machine will be open to the public from Monday to April 23. Buyers will be given a 3-day test drive before they have to commit to any purchase. Similar machines are being planned in Beijing and Hangzhou.

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