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Alibaba’s AI research division is to partner with auto brands, including Audi, Renault and Honda, to drive smart mobility in China. Tmall Genie Auto, a smart speaker solution developed by Alibaba A.I. Labs, will be integrated into their internet connected cars.

Alibaba says car owners will have access to a wide variety of voice-controlled information and services including: identifying nearby attractions and restaurants; booking movie tickets, ordering to-go boxes and checking the status of package deliveries.

Miffy Chen, General Manager at Alibaba A.I. Labs says: “By providing AI technologies, including speech-recognition and Natural Language Processing, Tmall Genie Auto enables car users to access an extensive in-car infotainment portfolio by tapping into Alibaba’s rich content and service ecosystem.”

She adds: “We are thrilled to partner with global distinguished auto brands such as Audi, Renault and Honda. Together, we can greatly enhance our in-car services and make driving experience more intelligent and interconnected.”

“We aim to extend in-car voice assistant services according to the demands and needs of our Chinese customers,” says H.W. Vassen, Senior Director of Digitalization and NEV Development at Audi China. “To do so, one of our next steps is to intensity the cooperation with Alibaba Tmall Genie.”

Renault City K Ze Tmall Genie Edition

Renault also announced it’s rolling out an electric car featuring Tmall’s iconic cat logo on the vehicle’s exterior design. The Renault City K-ZE genie edition will be on sale in China later this year.

Guillaume SICARD, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Region China, Groupe Renault, adds: “The launch of the Renault City K-ZE Tmall Genie Edition allows consumers to experience a deeper connection between scenarios in their lives at home and their lives on the go.”

The announcement was made at CES China in Shanghai.

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