Right from smartphones and smart watches to dancing robots, China is the hub for affordable innovation. After taking the mobile industry by charm, the Chinese technology giants have now shifted their focus to the automotive industry and specifically at i market, “prices feel the gravity”.
Yale Zhang, an analyst at an automotive foresight consultancy based out of Shanghai predicts that China could be the largest market for intelligent cars in the forthcoming years. China already has robust manufacturing standards and practices in place, which are already producing a plethora of internet connected devices.
Alibaba jumps in with YunOS for Intelligent cars
E-commerce giant Alibaba and SAIC recently launched the Roewe Rx5, an internet enabled vehicle with Alibaba’s YunOS taking the center stage to drive entertainment within the car as well as handle navigation.
Luxury car maker Audi has recently signed up with Alibaba, Removed and Baidu to make internet-connected cars. The role of Alibaba will be to handle the data traffic while embedding Baidu’s CarLife connection app which will be integrated with Tencent’s WeChat app which takes care of Instant Messaging.
Great market potential for the coming future
The total percentage of intelligent cars currently cruising the surface of the earth is around 8.5 percentage. There is huge potential in this growing market and China is not the one to sit back and watch.
Analysts from IHS firms have predicted that the total percentage of intelligent cars globally will rise to 45 percentage while the number of intelligent cars within China will reach a staggering 38 percentage.
Data is key
Data is the key aspect for most Chinese phone makers. They rely on the data received from the user and suggest relevant advertisements and other information which helps them to buy certain stuff. This generates a third source of revenue for the companies which in turn helps them reduce the actual cost of the devices.
Web giants are placing their bets on connected cars to obtain huge influx of data which will be helpful for numerous services right from improving maps and navigation to providing the user with suggestions for cuisines and restaurants.
Immaterial of you being a manual gear shift lover or an automatic transmission user, connected cars are bound to be the future (unless you can turn those features off somehow).