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The Best Car Infotainment Is About To Make Your Life Easier

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With a few helpful new features.

Chevrolet recently introduced a new feature where drivers can order a Domino's pizza from the comfort of their car using the built-in infotainment system. The ability is part of General Motors' broader Marketplace feature, which allows drivers to pay for gas, coffee, and other goods using the central touchscreen.

Not to be outdone by GM, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced major improvements to its already outstanding Uconnect infotainment system thanks to a new partnership with Google. And now, FCA has announced the first new feature to come from that partnership, an In-Vehicle Market Commerce Platform in the same vein as GM's Chevy Marketplace.

Uconnect Market will allow FCA vehicle owners to make restaurant reservations, purchase food, find nearby gas stations, and save money on fuel purchases, all from the comfort of their car. All payments made on the system are secure and will help drivers skip the lines at their favorite restaurants and quickly pay for parking without having to reach for a credit or debit card. FCA has so far has signed partnerships with Shell, Domino's, Park Whiz, and Yelp, but more will be added in the future. The system will also let drivers schedule service appointments at FCA US dealerships and view special offers right on the screen.

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"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," said Alan D'Agostini, Global Head of Connected Services, FCA. "This is why we are launching Uconnect Market, as we continue to ramp-up our connectivity efforts around the world with the goal of having all new FCA vehicles connected by 2022."

FCA says the Marketplace feature will launch in the second half of 2019 via an over-the-air (OTA) update for 2019 and 2020 model year Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen. As of right now, the larger 12-inch touchscreen in the 2019 Ram 1500 is not included, nor are any Maserati vehicles.