Contactless food ordering available in newer Fiat Chrysler vehicles

An order for food on the screen inside a vehicle

Written by James Shea

People who drive a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will soon be able to do contactless ordering through the connected platform Uconnect in 2019 and new models. Lear Corporation, through its Xevo software business, has partnered with Grubhub to deliver contactless food ordering capabilities in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are the first to feature the Grubhub app as part of their connected services offerings, allowing consumers to quickly and easily reorder. In addition to its reorder function, the Grubhub in-vehicle app also makes it easy for consumers to discover “new favorites.” If consumers are near a restaurant they have not ordered from before, they can tap a single button that will forward the restaurant’s menu to their email for review later, when they are not driving.

The partnership expands Uconnect’s transaction capabilities, allowing consumers to complete contactless transactions in a variety of areas, including food, fuel, and parkin, without touching shared surfaces.

“Xevo is focused on helping automakers deliver a distinctive in-vehicle experience,” said John Absmeier, Lear’s chief technology officer. “We have a great relationship with Fiat Chrysler Automotives, 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. Streamlining in-vehicle transactions gives our automotive and merchant partners a competitive advantage, allowing them to deliver a more convenient experience and gives consumers the option to easily order and pay for food more safely from their vehicles.”

Added Matt Sage, senior director of product management at Grubhub: “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,” said. “We’re excited for a beloved brand like FCA to be the first to offer Grubhub to their customers.”

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