Lately, Fang Xiyan felt that something in the atmosphere between Li Qingzhou and Liu Bohuai had become strange again.
After all, there had been a time when President Li had avoided President Liu, not wanting to see him.
And while things seemed to have eased up afterwards, with President Liu even sending his child to Xicheng and staying over at President Li’s place for a night, their interaction afterwards had felt different, not like it used to be.
What was the word again? It had felt….. awkward?
However ever since the bet, this awkward feeling had shifted once more.
Fang Xiyan really couldn’t understand it.
Today, as soon as President Liu left, he entered the office and said, “President Li, something has happened.”
Hearing this, Li Qingzhou looked up.
Indeed, something had happened, but it wasn’t with the Li Group Corporation’s second generation smart AI cars.
Instead, it was the cars sold by the Bolton Company that were having an unexpected malfunction— the voice password lock function would always fail when starting the car.
And this wasn’t an isolated case.
After a netizen posted about a problem he was having with his newly purchased car from the Bolton Company on Weibo, more and more netizens began commenting below about their similar experiences.
—Saying that the cars they had purchased recently, as well as even those they had bought a while ago from the Bolton Company were all experiencing some sort of malfunction to varying degrees.
Some of them had even paid for repairs.
However not long after, the problems would happen again, leaving them frustrated and at a loss as to what to do next.
The voice password lock function of the Bolton Company’s smart AI cars was mainly used for starting the engine.
And besides this, the car also came with a physical key as a backup, to ensure that the car could still be started if any issues arose, a kind of double insurance.
However one netizen posted a video he had taken.
At the beginning, he had filmed the video because he had just wanted to join in on the fun.
Because while waiting to cross the road, his voice password lock had also suddenly malfunctioned, which made him take out his phone and start recording.
However what happened next was a little unexpected.
—The video was filled with noise, starting with a shot of the car owner taken with his phone camera.
The camera first shook to the position of the steering wheel, where a logo belonging to the Bolton Company was clearly visible. Then, the camera panned to the scene outside the window of the car.
And outside was a busy street that was heavy with traffic.
The netizen’s car was parked behind a pedestrian crossing, waiting for the red light to turn green before moving on.
However this is where the issue arose— the engine unexpectedly stopped, and just as the netizen was about to start the car with the voice function, it suddenly failed.
In the video, one could hear the AI voice repeating, “Unable to recognize, please repeat the command.”
Initially, the owner of the car was pretty calm, even a bit amused as he made fun of the useless voice password lock.
However as the seconds ticked away and the red light was about to turn green, the engine still wouldn’t start and the fact that his car was at the very front of the queue made the owner lose his cool.
Giving up on the voice start, he pulled out his car key with a string of annoyed mutterings. However even then, the engine only sputtered a couple of times before stopping again.
“Fck, what the fck is this!”
The voice of the owner of the car was angry as he slammed his fist against the steering wheel.
However because of the honking of the cars behind him, he tried starting the car with the key again. Then the AI voice sounded—
“Please repeat the command for recognition, please repeat….” The key didn’t work in the slightest.
The light had already turned green, the honking of the cars behind was getting louder, and the cars beside him were passing by again and again. Only his car remained motionless.
In the video, the owner of the car cursed, “Sht! What renowned car brand? Fck you Bolton Company!”
Then he got out of his car and in the last few seconds of the video, the figure of a traffic police came into view….
This video had now been shared tens of thousands of times.
And many netizens started leaving complaints about the extreme difficulty they had in driving the new smart AI cars released by the Bolton Company. If it wasn’t this place that was having a problem, then it was another place. There was absolutely no quality assurance.
[Before, I always drove Bolton Company cars. After all, they’re an established brand, not to mention the high quality and impressive exterior. Driving one around felt good.]
[This time, to catch up with the Bolton Company’s new smart AI cars that happened to be on sale, and also because I thought it was time for a change, I ordered one immediately, but this….. this is the result?!]
[Not long after I started driving it, issues cropped up, and while they seem minor and are covered by warranty, they showcase just how problematic the Bolton Company’s new smart AI cars are…..]
[I won’t say much. This is a real life experience. Here’s the purchase receipt for all of you to see for yourselves.]
Just this comment alone received more than a hundred thousand likes.
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