GM released details on a “GM Marketplace” concept which will allow drivers to purchase a variety of services right from the dashboard of their car.
GM Marketplace will allow drivers to purchase food, gas, coffee, and more right from the touchscreen dashboard on their vehicle. Several major companies have already agreed to be part of it including IHOP, Applebee’s, Starbucks, and many more.
From ordering a customized coffee to making restaurant reservations, drivers will be able to complete a large majority of their “to-do list” right from the car. If you own certain 2017 or 2018 GM models (including Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac) you might soon receive the Marketplace application. Marketplace will be uploaded to 1.9 million models with more receiving the update as of 2018.
GM has discussed that the Marketplace system will be easy to use with minimal interaction which should prevent the risk of distracted driving from becoming an issue. GM is hoping that if someone’s dashboard has these types of capabilities will reduce the number of people using their phone instead.
Although Marketplace offers convenience, drivers will still need to wait in line for purchases; you’ll simply just be paying for it ahead of time.
There seems to be mixed reviews on whether this concept will take off or not, but regardless, many major companies seem to be standing behind it.