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World's first contactless car vending machine launched in UK

The first car vending machine gives motorists a chance to buy a brand new car via contactless payment on their phone. [Photo/VCG]

Britain's first contactless car vending machine has been launched in London, offering motorists a haggle-free way to purchase a brand new car.

The installation in London's Spitalfields Market was created by Auto Trader, the largest digital marketplace for new and used cars, to illustrate its unique pre-haggled prices and transparent price offering.

The installation at London's Spitalfields Market allows purchases of up to $35,000. [Photo/VCG]

The experiment comes after 89 percent of British consumers said price haggling is embarrassing and uncomfortable in a study conducted by the brand. The bespoke car dispenser is meant to raise awareness of Auto Trader's transparent price offering and help buyers skip the dreaded price negotiation process.

A team of six engineers spent three months designing and building the contactless car dispenser. A custom-made point of sale system and key release function was created, alongside an integrated payment and door release mechanic.

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