BMW installs Chinese assistant from Alibaba GroupeJanuary 8, 2019
As part of CES-2019 (opening today), the Bavarian company will present many new products, and one of them will be expanded cooperation with Chinese companies in the local market.
The consumer electronics exhibition CES in Las Vegas has long been global. Within its framework, many manufacturers are trying to present all their technical innovations and concepts, and automotive brands are increasingly turning their attention to this event. For the automotive industry, CES-2019 is an opportunity to show achievements in the field of multimedia, autonomy, and services.
One of the first to introduce its technology is BMW, and one of the products will be available exclusively for China. There, the Bavarian company decided to expand cooperation with the local Internet giant Alibaba to use the voice assistant Tmall Genie in their cars.
Tmall Genie will be available by the end of the year. The system will allow BMW customers using a Tmall Genie-compatible device to: control the car’s functions, make calls, use the diary, make online purchases, view movie listings or check the weather. The feature will become voice control for all these functions.
Controlling BMW with the help of Alibaba’s voice assistant does not require a smartphone, as the cars sold by the Germans in China come with a built-in SIM card.
Meanwhile, the Bavarian concern is preparing for many debuts of cars from the M-series, but the most anticipated remains the future flagship based on the revived premium coupe 8-Series.
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