During the 2018 World Intelligent Connected Vehicles Conference opened on October 18, Tencent’s Pony Ma said the company hopes to bring social networking advantages to more industrial units. The company wishes to transform WeChat into a smart interaction medium which allows users to interact with service softwares and vehicle hardware.

“A user can use voice interaction to send out and receive WeChat messages, and may be able to do it by pushing buttons on the steering wheel. We’re also planning to allow the user to quickly change the message setting to voice call. The voice interaction features will also synchronize the user’s location to a friend and a smart navigation system,” Ma explained during the conference.

Additionally, Tencent wants its technology  to automatically activate service softwares when a user drives to service sites such as gas stations and parking lots, and remind a user of any vehicle issues including low gas level.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com