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Russian Federation : Honda, Audi and Renault will equip the "smart" column with voice assistant.

The Chinese online trading company Alibaba Group has entered into an agreement with three automakers: Honda, Audi and Renault. Within the framework of cooperation, cars of these brands will be equipped with a smart Tmall Genie Auto speaker with a voice assistant. According to Reuters , the Tmall Genie Auto column will allow drivers to make purchases on the Alibaba online platform and book movie theaters. In the future, the functionality of the device will expand: with its help it will be possible to manage other gadgets, as well as compatible systems of the smart home.

The smart Tmall Genie column is an analogue of Amazon Echo. The home version of the device was presented in 2017, and the automobile version debuted in April 2018. In addition to Renault, Honda and Audi, Tmall Genie will be installed in BMW and Volvo cars. True, so far only on versions for the Chinese market. Earlier it was reported that Alibaba is working on creating applications for ordering food and booking tables in restaurants directly from the car. They will become part of the AliPay payment service integrated into the AliOS proprietary operating system designed for multimedia systems.

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