Lear Corp., a global automotive seating and e-systems technology provider in Southfield, today announced that its Seattle-based Xevo software business has partnered with Grubhub to deliver safer, contactless food ordering capabilities in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles via an app on the Uconnect Market connected services platform.
Vehicles from FCA in Auburn Hills are the first to feature the Grubhub app as part of their connected services offerings, allowing consumers to easily reorder past favorites while on the go.
Uconnect Market, developed in partnership with Xevo, enables consumer interactions with popular brands and services through embedded ordering and transaction capabilities via the in-vehicle touchscreen.
This partnership expands Uconnect Market’s safe transaction capabilities, allowing consumers to complete contactless transactions in a variety of areas, including food, fuel, and parking, without touching shared surfaces. Uconnect Market is available in model-year 2019 and 2020 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram brand vehicles equipped with connected services and the latest generation of 8.4-inch touchscreens.
“Xevo is focused on helping automakers deliver a distinctive in-vehicle experience,” says John Absmeier, chief technology officer at Lear. “We have a great relationship with FCA, and we’re excited to partner with Grubhub to bring their food-ordering capabilities to consumers. These partnerships allow automakers to offer expanded contactless services to their customers, which is particularly important right now with the emphasis on safety and social distancing.”
In addition to its reorder function, the Grubhub in-vehicle app also is designed to make it easy for consumers to discover new favorites. If consumers are near a restaurant they have not ordered from before, they can tap a button that will forward the restaurant’s menu to their email for review later, when they are not driving.
“In-car technology and connected services are growing exponentially in the automotive industry and we have challenged ourselves to stay ahead of the curve with our powerful Uconnect 5 system,” says Alan D’Agostini, director of global connected services at FCA. “With the addition of Grubhub to Uconnect Market, FCA’s in-vehicle commerce platform, we offer our customers a convenient option to food ordering, adding to the positive connectivity experience.”
Grubhub claims the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, featuring more than 300,000 restaurants in 4,000 U.S. cities.
“We know our diners love to order while on the go, and our partnership with Xevo allows us to expand that opportunity to the in-vehicle experience,” says Matt Sage, senior director of product management at Grubhub.