"Once a Ford vehicle is chosen, consumers snap a selfie to ensure that they are the only person who can take the auto, put down a deposit electronically, and schedule a pickup time, all from within the app", he added. Alibaba Group partnered with Ford Motor to launch this "Super Test-Drive Center" in China to rev up the car-shopping experience for consumers.
Consumers with a score below 700 will have to pay a fee, Alibaba noted.
There are a variety of Ford models available for test-drive, including the Mondeo sedan, Explorer SUV and an imported Mustang, among others. Once they arrive at the vending machine, the process, according to Alibaba does not take long.
If satisfied with the auto, consumers with credit scores of 750 or above with Alibaba's Sesame scheme - first time users start with 550 points - can pay a 10 percent initial fee and drive off.
The Super Test-Drive Center is offering over 100 Ford cars for the Chinese consumers.
The Super Test-Drive Center uses Alibaba's own social credit system, called Sesame Credit.
Ford has set up its first vending machine with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, it's the execution of a partnership that the two companies entered into about two years ago. The source says potential customers will have to pay some fees, depending on whether they want just to drive the auto or are planning to buy a vehicle.
For the record, this isn't the first instance where the automotive and transportation industry has been witnessing vehicle dealers set up auto vending machines.
In case a buyer is not satisfied with their selection, they can also take out one other vehicle.
But the Big Ali-B wants both - and recently announced partnerships with Volvo, Mercedes, Maserati, BMW and Audi.