The mini-app will focus on driver-centred features such as navigation, real-time location and traffic information
The Chinese electric car manufacturer Xpeng Motors will equip its P7 smart electric coupe with the Alibaba Group Holding mini-app, thus intensifying the smart car market. The launch of the new car is provoked in the spring of 2020.
Xpeng P7 will be the first smart model to carry the Alibaba Mini In-Car App, which offers users a suite of digital information and in-car entertainment features. “We are very proud to have worked with Alibaba to customize the In-Car Mini App with the real-time vehicle-app interaction required for smart cars,” said Rocky Liu, general manager of Xpeng Motors’ Internet technology.
The mini-app will initially focus on driver-centered features such as navigation, location and traffic information, but will gradually be extended to other areas such as lifestyle and infotainment functions. In addition, the launch of additional value-added services will also be open to third-party developers in the future.
Alibaba’s move is a response to the partnership between Tencent and Changan
The move by Alibaba comes after the Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings presented, in August, a voice-activated version of its hugely popular WeChat social app for use in vehicles, in collaboration with the Chinese car manufacturer Changan Automobile.
Changan Automobile, in fact, an interactive version of WeChat on some of its models including the CS75 Plus, which will allow drivers to give voice commands or use a button on the steering wheel to check unread messages, send new messages and make calls on WeChat.
Search engine giant Baidu also incorporated a mini-program into its Apollo 3.5 open-source autonomous driving platform, which was presented in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Haval H6, built by the Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors, became the first car to carry the Baidu mini-program platform.
Baidu looks to the world of cars thanks to Great Wall
The Baidu platform on the Haval H6 integrates more than 50 mini-programs covering eight different categories, including information, entertainment, video, shopping and travel services. Baidu said that, in the future, it will work with multiple partners and install its mini-program platform on multiple car models.
Meanwhile, the Xpeng P7 will be the first mass-produced electric smart coupe to have a virtual car key compliant with the new standards released by China’s Internet Finance Authentication Alliance (IFAA), which sets the security standards of Internet authentication in the country.
The virtual machine key has several features, including unlocking the face and fingerprints of vehicles based on individual biometrics, remote start, automatic parking, vehicle calling and secure virtual key sharing to family members via Bluetooth.
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