Tech giant Tencent and Honda, the Japanese car maker, have teamed up to build an in-car infotainment system for the Chinese market which lets people shop online.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, Tencent’s new system will allow drivers to place an order, make payment on the way to the store and pick up their purchase later. The companies have assured that the system can be used safely.
Tencent and Honda say they will install new functions into Tencent’s TAI connected-car system designed for Honda cars. The TAI infotainment system will feature a wide selection of entertainment and convenience functions including music streaming, audio books and newspapers as well as shopping functionality.
The Chinese company says it will use technology developed for its WeChat messaging platform in the interactive Honda vehicle infotainment system.
As the Chinese tech giant is facing the slowing growth in its smartphone and internet-services business, the partnership with Honda will shift its focus into new business opportunities.
By expanding into the automotive industry and other business channels, the company hopes to continue growth as it emerges from the Covid-19-driven downturn.