Hyundai is developing technology that will allow customers to find and pay for coffee, gas and parking using their car’s infotainment screen. In the future, Hyundai will connect cars with popular brands using its new partner, Xevo, to bring in-vehicle payment to customers.
The new services will work with the Hyundai Blue Link connected-car system to enhance the driving experience, says Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America.
“This is why we have selected scenarios that are part of daily drives and longer trips,” Mehrotra says in a release. “Offering this level of convenience is part of our ongoing effort to create best-in-class ownership experiences. Once our owners experience placing a to-go order using their vehicle’s touchscreen and seamlessly routing to the location, we know they’re going to love it.”
Offering easy-to-use payment options as part of navigation will simplify the driving experience and maximize time spent with eyes on the road, Mehrotra adds.
Xevo says it is a global leader in data-driven user experiences for the automotive industry. Xevo Market is a merchant-to-driver commerce platform that uses the vehicle’s infotainment screen.
Xevo Market launched at the end of 2017 and is already available in millions of vehicles. Initially, Market will let Hyundai owners find and pay for coffee, fuel and parking. These services could expand to restaurant reservations, order-ahead takeout food, curbside pick-up and EV charging, all from the convenience of a Hyundai vehicle.
Xevo also will help create the Hyundai Wallet payment platform that securely stores the customer’s credit cards or PayPal account information. These experiences and features will comply with industry distracted driving guidelines. Some of these features may not be available when the car is being driven.