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Alibaba to release its first Internet car in April

(People's Daily Online)    13:47, March 22, 2016
Alibaba to release its first Internet car in April

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company, is preparing to unveil its first Internet-connected smart car in April, according to a report in People's Daily.

According to the company's chief technology officer Wang Jian, Internet character is one of the car's technological innovations. Details of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) will be unveiled at a launch event in April. Furthermore, this is an energy-saving car whose battery will retain 80 per cent of its storage capacity after running 160,000 kilometers.

Internet cars adopt technologies including computer, modern sensor, information fusion, telecommunication, artificial intelligence and automatic control. The car jointly developed by Alibaba and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) is equipped with real car-based smart operation system which has proprietary intellectual property rights.

Independent development of smart operation system plays a key role in the process to transform an ordinary car to an Internet car. In order to fulfill this task, Alibaba arranged over 800 researchers for this project and invested billions of dollars into the project.

Wang explained that the Internet car will not only promote people-to-car communication, it will expand car-to-car, car-to-road, and car-to-infrastructure communication too.

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