Alibaba’s smart speaker to be installed in Audi, Renault and Honda cars

Alibaba’s smart speakers are due to be installed in Audi, Renault and Honda cars allowing users to use voice commands while driving.

The Chinese ecommerce giant’s own rival to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, the Tmall Genie, will now be fitted in unspecified models from all three carmakers.

Using voice commands, drivers will now be able to order movie tickets, make purchases on Alibaba and even monitor and control smart devices in their home.

It is understood that the smart speaker, which Alibaba launched in 2017, could also be installed in BMW and Volvo models in the future.

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This comes as Alibaba hopes to expand its operations outside of its core retail offering, focusing largely on artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.

“We are thrilled to partner with global, distinguished auto brands such as Audi, Renault and Honda,” Alibaba AI Labs general manager Miffy Chen said.

“Together, we can greatly enhance our in-car services and make driving experiences more intelligent and interconnected.”

Last month it announced that it was applying for 262 blockchain patents, which will allow it to integrate its blockchain technology into its intellectual property system of global enterprises and brands.

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