The automated car sales points will open in China in January

In January, Alibaba will start selling cars out of a vending machine building designed to look like a cat. Using the retailer’s Taobao app, people can select the car model and color they want to test drive. After a vetting process that includes submitting a picture and going through a credit check, they then go to the vending machine where the car rolls out of the building ready to drive. And in case that wasn’t enough to grab your attention, the building has cat eyes and ears poking out of its roof.

Test drives last up to three days, and users have a maximum of five test drives every two months. The vending machines will be located in Shanghai and Nanjing. Alibaba is the first retailer to offer automated car buying in China, however, they are not the first in the world. This form of car buying is also offered in Singapore, Germany, and Nashville, Tennessee. But none of those are shaped like a cat.

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In January, Alibaba will start selling cars out of a vending machine building designed to look like a cat. Using the retailer’s Taobao app, people can select the car model and color they want to test drive. After a vetting process that includes submitting a picture and going through a credit check, they then go to the vending machine where the car rolls out of the building ready to drive. And in case that wasn’t enough to grab your attention, the building has cat eyes and ears poking out of its roof.