Back in the fall, Google made a strategic investment in Mobvoi, a startup in Beijing that makes smartwatches and the smart voice interactive tech behind them.
Today, Mobvoi unfurled a suite of new stuff. Among that is Ticmirror, a car rearview mirror with voice control functions, and an accompanying autonomous driving system.
There's no release date for the mirror yet. But its arrival gives us another indication why Google — the company, not its investment arms — backed the startup that's putting artificial intelligence systems in things that Google likes, like self-driving cars.
Rearview mirrors with interactive digital screens are a thing in China. Apparently there are some 200 companies working on them. Only one of them* is funded by Google.
* That we know of!
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.