Some of the stuff on this new car from Alibaba and SAIC is just cool gadgetry. But there are more fundamental shifts afoot in the automotive world. New technology is likely to disrupt the way we own and insure our cars, the way we drive them, and even the way our cities function.
My colleague Miles Kirby was closely involved in the automotive sector when he worked at Qualcomm Ventures, and at Oxford Capital we are looking closely at the future of transportation and the venture capital opportunities it could generate. You can read Miles's blog on the subject here.
A car built by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and automaker SAIC might be the most connected in the world. The new OS’Car RX5 SUV has a special version of Alibaba’s YunOS operating system, normally used in everything from smartphones to refrigerators and other smart home appliances.