Hyundai Motor North America’s Ioniq 5 electric compact utility vehicle will feature an in-vehicle payment system the automaker has been piloting since 2018.
The system will bring in-car credit card payment capabilities to customers via the infotainment screen. Drivers will be able to find and pay for EV charging, order and pay for food to go and find, reserve and pay for parking.
The system will include brands like ParkWhiz, Chargehub and Domino’s, and others to be added via the Xevo Market, per a spokesperson.
The automaker's work with Xevo, which develops software and smart user experiences for the automotive industry, is detailed in a YouTube video.
Brands integrated during the proof of concept included ParkWhiz, Applebee’s to Go and Chevron/Texaco gas stations. Since the Ioniq 5 is an all-electric vehicle, the gas stations are replaced with charging stations. Applebee’s will not be available at launch.
During the test, the in-car payment apps originally operated through the Android Auto smartphone interface -- but the Bluelink Infotainment system eliminates the need for that interface.
The Ioniq 5, which goes on sale in the fall, integrates advanced technologies for an enhanced digital user experience. The wide, configurable, dual cockpit features a 12-inch, full-touch infotainment screen and hoodless 12-inch digital gauge cluster that can be customized to meet customers’ needs.
The infotainment system provides real-time travel radius mapping based on the current state of charge. The Infotainment system’s connected car services also help search and plan the best route to include a charging station along the way.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available and Bluetooth Multi-connection support is also available, so two devices can be paired at the same time—one for phone calls and one for streaming audio. The navigation system comes with three years of Bluelink Infotainment/Map updates.
Hyundai is offering the latest version of its upgraded Bluelink connected car services. This range of new features allows customers to control their car with their smartphone or voice.