Drivers of certain Buick vehicles will be able to make restaurant reservations through a new Yelp Reservations app that will be added to the Buick Marketplace and accessible through the infotainment system's touchscreen.
Yelp Reservations allows a driver to search a 25-mile radius around the vehicle and reserve a table for up to 10 people. This is the first embedding of Yelp in vehicles, according to GM.
Users can segment their search by types of cuisine, and view the restaurant's rating and general price range. Yelp users have posted more than 160 million reviews of restaurants and other businesses. The driver can also call the restaurant through the vehicle.
Buick has been beta-testing Yelp Reservations, and found that the most searched cuisine was American/Burgers.
"Whether drivers want to make a dinner reservation on the go, or get recommendations for restaurants in a new city, the newly added Yelp Reservations brings simple convenience to the car," said Sam Russell, director of Buick marketing. "Making new features like this available for vehicles already on the road enhances our vehicles with unexpected new benefits for our customers."