Uconnect Market

Global vehicle manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has launched a new in-vehicle commerce platform through which customers can order and pay for fuel or food and book reservations.

Through Uconnect Market, drivers can also find the closest stores, including petrol stations, and obtain money-saving incentives to shop at certain outlets.

Drivers can also locate and pay for nearby parking and schedule service appointments at FCA dealerships.

The platform will initially deploy in the US during the second half of 2019 via an over-the-air update for its connected cars, covering model-year 2019 and 2020 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brand vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens, while all new touchscreen-equipped models will feature the service in a global roll-out.

FCA expected all its vehicles to be connected by 2022.

Alan D’Agostini, global head of connected services at FCA, said: “Our customers live busy lives, and our goal with the Uconnect platform is to provide an advanced portfolio of services to make their daily drive more convenient, productive and enjoyable.

“This is why we are launching Uconnect Market, as we continue to ramp-up our connectivity efforts around the world.”

Brands available through the Uconnect Market platform for the US launch include Shell, Domino’s, Park Whiz and Yelp Reservations, along with services from the brand’s aftermarket network Mopar.

Vehicle owners link a credit card to their vehicle through the Uconnect Market service and then order and pay for goods through the car’s infotainment screen.

Uconnect Market was developed in partnership with Seattle-based Xevo, which was recently acquired by Lear Corporation.

The Uconnect Market launch follows the recent FCA announcement of a new in-vehicle “ecosystem” using Harman (Samsung) and Google Technologies.

The new system operates on the Harman Ignite cloud-based platform and is powered by a development of the Google Android operating system.