Google is reportedly working on the “dragons” software, which would let you rent vehicles from car-rental companies in mainland China.
The company is working with China-based car rental company Citi Auto and a Chinese car rental app provider, according to Axios, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Google said last month that it had hired the Citi and Citi auto companies to develop the technology.
The company declined to comment on the details of the hiring.
The technology would be built on existing Google services and could also be integrated with existing Google apps and services, according the Axios source.
Citi Auto, based in Shanghai, was one of the companies Google acquired last year for $1.6 billion.
It is one of China’s largest car rental services and the country’s largest internet service provider, with about 15 million registered users, according a 2015 report from China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce.
Citigroup, a global financial services company, also announced last year that it was developing an artificial intelligence and robotics-powered vehicle rental platform.
Citation: Axios | Reuters