Alibaba signs smart car deals with Bosch, Volvo and Ford

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Alibaba has announced a series of smart mobility initiatives in partnership with auto brands and technology service providers, including an auto-parking solution, car-to-home AI services and an Internet car.

Alibaba Cloud and Bosch announced plans to introduce automated valet parking (AVP) solutions in China. Both parties will work together to enable the infrastructure-based, driverless parking solution. The technology is powered by software in a cloud and it will offer a fully automated valet parking service in the near future.

Both parties intend to explore building showcase sites to demonstrate next-generation AVP technology throughout China. The two companies are also committed to exploring future opportunities in connected mobility in China and abroad.

Alibaba A.I. Labs announced it is upgrading its auto artificial intelligence solution, Tmall Genie Auto, by partnering with Volvo Cars and adding car-to-home AI services. Tmall Genie is an AI-powered smart assistant developed by the labs. Through the upgraded solution, Volvo Cars drivers with a Tmall Genie-compatible device will be able to monitor and control their smart-home devices from their cars, starting next year.

Some of the newly added services include:

  • Running a status check on humidity, temperature, light and air conditioning at home, as well as the on and off status of smart home appliances;
  • Controlling appliance functions, including turning on the heater, air conditioning, door lock and air purifier;
  • Turning on the “home model” when drivers are 10 minutes away from home, which readies smart appliances for your arrival while you’re still in the car.

Last June, Alibaba A.I. Labs partnered with Daimler, Audi and Volvo Cars to offer home-to- car AI services through Tmall Genie Auto.

And finally, as part of the strategic cooperation inked last December between Alibaba Group and Ford, the auto brand today confirmed that Ford Kuga SUV customers will be able to order the car – which has a 10.4-inch center screen and software powered by AliOS – later this year.

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