Shanghai (Gasgoo)- On November 26, XPENG Motors entered into a cooperation agreement with Alipay, a dominant mobile payment platform in China operated by Alibaba Group Holding, to jointly develop in-car payment functions, which will be first implemented in the startup’s upcoming sports sedan model, the P7.
It is expected that the users' XPENG ID account, Alipay account and the vehicular mini apps will be connected in the second quarter next year. The in-car Alipay payment feature will become applicable to charging service, infotainment applications and Alibaba mini apps first.
To be specific, a XPENG's car owner is allowed to do the payment via the in-car payment function after having their cars charged, instead of recharging accounts or scanning codes. In addition, the new application is also available to such scenarios as buying data package, music service, and coping with the fine caused by traffic violation.
The Guangzhou-based startup announced on September 27 it would be the first automaker to introduce Alibaba's in-car mini apps into P7, its first electric sedan model set for delivery in the second quarter of 2020. Most Alibaba mini programs offer location-based services like buying movie tickets and withholding the non-inductive parking fee, which can also be handled by XPENG's in-car payment function.
XPENG Motors said the in-car payment function will use the same technologies as Alipay to ensure transaction safety. The AlphaRisk, the fifth-generation risk management engine, is introduced to in real time detect and control risks. The personal identity verification technologies can help secure the transaction process and improve users' payment experience. Besides, using big data and the machine learning technology, the data & privacy protection technology is utilized to help prevent data from being threatened internally and externally (photo source: XPENG Motors).
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