Sionic Mobile and Xevo partner to expand merchant network for rich retailer experience in connected cars
HOLLYWOOD, FL (January 17, 2018) — Sionic Mobile, a cloud-based connected commerce provider, and Xevo Inc., the global leader in data-driven user experiences for the automotive industry, today announced they have partnered to bring major restaurant, fuel, and retail brands to the connected-car experience for multiple automotive manufacturers. For both Sionic and Xevo, this partnership accelerates initiatives in progress with General Motors, and expands an already robust merchant network of participating brands.
“Connected cars are the future of the automotive industry, and a personalized journey is the future of the automotive user experience,” said Dan Gittleman, CEO of Xevo. “We’re working with some of the largest retail brands and automobile manufacturers in the world to deliver an advanced connected car platform that seamlessly connects drivers and their vehicles to engaging infotainment and commerce services, while unlocking new revenue opportunities for our partners. Partnering with Sionic Mobile to expand the merchant network further enhances the consumer’s in-car experience.
“By combining Xevo’s strong merchant partnerships and years of automotive software expertise in vehicle applications, cloud and mobile software, machine learning, and data analysis with Sionic’s app and mobile rewards expertise, we’re able to deliver an engaging connected-car experience,” said Gittleman. “Together, we are helping merchant brands strengthen customer loyalty and increase satisfaction. Automakers can now offer people the opportunity to connect and interact with their favorite brands from the car, in a safer and more convenient way.”
Xevo provides connected car technology and automotive telematics for the world’s largest auto manufacturers, and its technology is deployed in millions of vehicles worldwide. Xevo Market, its merchant-to-driver platform, connects customers with their favorite brands by delivering highly-contextual offers through the touchscreens of their vehicles and their vehicle-branded mobile apps. Sionic Mobile’s award-winning Mobile Rewards Marketplace® is a digital loyalty co-op where brick-and-mortar merchants deliver offers, perks, and rewards to consumers, and accept their loyalty currency as cash at the point of sale, driving digital engagement between consumers and merchants and providing millions of drivers access to more nationwide retailers, restaurants, hotels, spas, and cinemas than any other program in the market today.
“Working closely with Xevo, a known leader in driver connectivity, we’re creating a simple, yet robust consumer experience that we believe will help shape the future of the automotive industry,” said Ronald Herman, CEO of Sionic Mobile. “The in-vehicle experience is evolving quickly, and consumers want the same conveniences from their infotainment systems that they can get on their smartphones. The Xevo Market platform delivers these conveniences and more. With a few simple taps or voice commands, drivers will be able to place an order at their favorite restaurant, pay for it in advance, then pick up the completed order curbside. We are thrilled to have Sionic Mobile’s merchant partners join this network, offering people the opportunity to connect with more of their favorite brands while on the go.”
About Sionic Mobile
Midtown Atlanta-based Sionic Mobile, a cloud-based mobile commerce company, provides white-label mobile pay and loyalty applications to partners and clients delivering rewards, savings and perks to millions of mobile consumers. The award-winning ION Commerce Engine (ICE) and Company-owned, GeoSense® iBeacon network drives greater adoption and more frequent app use for partners and clients. The Company also operates the nation’s fastest growing Merchant Marketplace, comprised of large chain retailers and small businesses alike. Merchants pay a small fee when mobile customers pay with their app and the Company shares the fee with clients and partners. The Company directly engages businesses with ION Loyalty® web and mobile apps and consumers with the free ION Rewards® app for iOS and Android®. Visit www.SionicMobile.com.
Xevo Inc. is a trusted Tier-1 automotive software supplier deployed in millions of vehicles worldwide. Xevo solutions for cloud, car, and mobile devices leverage computer vision, machine learning, and data analytics to continuously create, test, and deploy new AI models that improve performance, safety, and driver experiences. Xevo’s Journeyware suite of automotive products seamlessly connects drivers and their vehicles to mobile applications, content, and services. Xevo Market, its merchant-to-driver platform, connects customers with their favorite brands by delivering highly-contextual offers through the touchscreens of their vehicles and their vehicle-branded mobile apps. Xevo technology is licensed in vehicle systems worldwide to several of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. For more information, visit www.xevo.com.