Alibaba is developing a voice-driven version of its enterprise communication and collaboration app DingTalk for vehicle use, local media is reporting, citing people familiar with the matter.

The service is expected to be integrated into Banma System, the AliOS-enabled operating system for connected cars which Alibaba developed with its strategic partners Banma Network Technology—a joint venture between Alibaba Group and SAIC Motor Crop. The system is installed in over 600,000 cars so far, and thus may facilitate the adoption of the new DingTalk version when it’s being released.

“Making sure that drivers can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel are the bottom line for in-vehicle interaction, but the challenge is huge,” the source added.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.