CYPRESS, Calif., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America, a leader in consumer and commercial mobile electronics, announced today the addition of Yelp, the world's go-to service for finding, reading and writing reviews for local businesses, to its growing portfolio of Smart Access™ compatible apps and services. Drivers of new and current vehicles featuring either a factory-installed or aftermarket system equipped with Clarion's Smart Access cloud-based infotainment platform will now be able to access Yelp directly from the screen of their vehicle without having to touch their smartphones. "Partnering with Clarion helps us further Yelp's mission of connecting people with great local businesses," stated Chad Richard, SVP Business & Corporate Development at Yelp. "Clarion's Smart Access platform integrates the Yelp Fusion API to give drivers a safer and more convenient way of directly accessing Yelp to find and learn more about local businesses through the car's in-dash screen while on the go." Exclusive to Clarion, Smart Access is the world's most advanced and extensive cloud-based in-vehicle information access, analysis and sharing platform. Smart Access is designed to provide proactive real-time analysis of destination routes on the go, allows for customization of entertainment options, can be tailored to monitor status of the vehicle or the driver's driving style, and provides an easy, distraction-free way to use many popular smartphone apps while driving. "We developed Smart Access to help today's drivers stay connected to more than just the road," stated Allen H. Gharapetian, Clarion's Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning. "Thanks to our Smart Access platform, drivers can keep their phones in their pockets and access dozens of convenient, top rated and highly demanded services directly from the infotainment screens of their cars. We are pleased to be working with Yelp to provide Smart Access users with in-car access to the world's most trusted source for consumer reviews of local businesses."