“Like a gigantic version of something you’d find in Toys 'R' Us.”

Car Vending Machines

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Fri, Dec 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

TechCrunch has this video of a car vending machine by Chinese-based Alibaba, who wants to make buying a car as easy as buying a can of Coke. The facility is entirely unmanned.

The process starts when a customer uses Alibaba’s Taobao app to scan a car that they want to test, and potentially buy. Once the system recognizes the vehicle it lets them pick a color and, once they enter basic information and snap a selfie, arrange for a test-drive if the vehicle is available.

The customer then heads over the unmanned vending machine facility and, after showing their face (hence the earlier selfie), their order is retrieved and the car is dispatched.

The test-drive is for three days, after which they can buy the vehicle outright via Taobao or arrange to test a different model.

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