Carvana is an online dealership based in Atlanta, Georgia. It's claim to fame is that it allows customers to shop for cars online, secure loans online, even schedule test drives online. And when it comes time to pay up, that's often done entirely online, too.
But that wasn't forward-thinking enough for Carvana. They wanted to make the auto shopping process still faster and more high-tech. So they borrowed an idea from their neighbors at Coca-Cola and created an auto vending machine.
According to Carvana, customers set up a test drive or purchase a vehicle online before visiting the vending machine, which is located in West Midtown:
The structure provides a full digitally interactive experience complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom LED lighting, flat screen TV's and interactive keypads that identify customers based on unique buyer credentials provided by Carvana after the purchase has been completed. With around-the-clock pick up availability, vehicles purchased on Carvana.com will be available for test drive and pick up as early as 24-hours.
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Baby boomer Terry Keegan Sr. grew up in the back of a station wagon, watching the world go by out the back window. But when it came time to start his own family, Keegan opted first for a minivan and then a “cooler” SUV.
Now it’s his son’s turn to express his individuality. Terry Keegan Jr., a member Generation Y, also known as the millennials, paused for a moment at the New York International Auto Show this week before dashing off to check out the new Volvo V60 R-Design wagon.
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General Motors will partner with AT&T to offer embedded 4G Internet access in “most” of the vehicles it sells in the U.S. and Canada starting next year, the maker announced during a mobile communications conference in Spain on Monday.
An early leader in so-called “connected car” services with its OnStarsystem, GM sees a number of advantages in tapping into AT&T’s 4G LTE wireless service, promising it will expand the range of infotainment options motorists will have while also providing the potential to use the broadband service to improve vehicle safety.
Among other things, passengers will be able to tap into a WiFi hot spot that can handle up to eight different cellphones, table and laptop computers and other devices.
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