The company is teaming up with China carmaker China Chang’an Automobile Group on the function. WeChat is one of China’s most popular chat apps, with upwards of a billion users. The app will be integrated into upcoming car models later this year.
The voice-activated app will allow drivers to send and receive messages while driving. It will also use Tencent’s proprietary mapping software.
As it aims to continue expanding its business to cover services from many different fields, Tencent has made a lot of moves in the automotive industry. The company recently announced a partnership with 21 carmakers, including BMW, Audi and others, to help with connecting cars.
BMW has recently been expanding into China and developing autonomous technology for cars, aiming to be at the forefront of the technology when the self-driving wave hits the mainstream.
The company teamed up with Tencent for data computing and also a storage platform, because Chinese law says foreign companies can’t host Chinese data without a partnership with a local outfit.
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