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Ford, Alibaba roll out test-drive services via "auto vending machine"

Ford, Alibaba roll out test-drive services via

Once that's done, they then have the auto for the next three days and can use it to pootle around Guangzhou.

Further vending machines are set to be unveiled in Beijing and Hangzhou.

To book a test drive, people can use the Alibaba app to pick from more than 100 vehicles including the Explorer SUV, Mustang, Edge and Everest models.

When they are at the Center, customers simply verify their identity with their selfie and the vehicle they selected is delivered from the multi-story auto dispensary to the ground floor where the test drive begins.

As a side note, if you're wondering what's with the cat thingies that pop up on the roof of the structure, those represent the logo of the Tmall platform, an Alibaba owned Chinese-language website for business-to-consumer online retail. The service is powered by Alibaba, which is able to determine the social credit score and trustworthiness of the potential driver. They also snap a selfie with the mobile app, which is used to confirm their booking at the test-drive center. Then, when they arrive at the machine, it will verify their identity before the vehicle is delivered.

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The vending machine will be open to the public till April 23.

Cao Zhenyu, a senior executive at Changan Ford Automobile, a Ford joint venture headquartered in Chongqing, said traditional test drives offered by dealerships are often limited by time, space and available routes.

"It will make buying cars as easy as buying a can of Coke", said Yu Wei, general manager of Tmall's automotive division. The vending machine debuted with 60 cars on display, including Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

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All you have to do is go to the weirdest building in town, the one with two cat heads sticking out on either side, pick a vehicle, drive it and, if you like it, buy it. If a user decides to purchase a vehicle, then their test drive fee will be refunded.

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