eBay Motors

New eBay Motors app comes with awesome image recognition

eBay has revealed that 20% of its UK vehicle sales in Q1 were made via smartphone, amounting to nearly 45,000 transactions.

It represents an increase of 120% year-on-year, and shows that the online marketplace is probably on track to hit its target of $8bn in mobile sales in 2012, almost the double the $5bn it achieved last year.

Among the cars sold were a Porsche 911 and a Land Rover Evoque that both went for more than £40,000.

The news comes in the same week that eBay launched its new Motors iPhone app complete with an image recognition (IR) search function, allowing users to search for cars and parts by taking a photo of the back of a vehicle.

eBay upgrades Motors app to include visual search

eBay has upgraded its Motors iPhone app to allow users to search for a vehicle simply by taking a photo of it.

Other new features on the app, which is only available in the US, include broadcasts from key racing events in the video section – plus the ability to share your sales activity through Twitter.