National Safety Council Slams GM Marketplace

GM Drivers Can Now Order a Starbucks From Their Car's Touchscreen

National Safety Council President Deborah Hersman says the app will contribute to distracted driving, already a factor in a quarter of all vehicle crashes and hurt efforts to stem rising auto fatalities, which grew 5.6 percent to more than 37,000 in the US past year. The vehicle in the promotional video for the Markeplace app seems to be stopped before the driver makes most of his interactions with the screen, but at that point, it seems easier to just do it on your phone.

Calling it the last frontier for shopping, General Motors launches Marketplace, an in-car platform for owners of '17 model-year vehicles and beyond to shop merchants such as Starbucks and make dinner reservations or book a hotel room from behind the wheel. It's created to be a safer alternative to using the phonewhile driving - though it does not have voice-command capability - by tapping into third-party merchants like the Starbucks' iPhone app. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving was responsible for 3,477 fatalities and 391,000 injuries in 2015, the most recent year for which it has data. "Leveraging connectivity and our unique data capabilities, we have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back", Chamorro said. Auto owners don't need a vehicle data plan to use Marketplace and GM says the system adheres to distracted driving guidelines.

"For most retailers and consumer brands the daily commute is the only time not accessible in a consumers' day", said Chamorro.

Drivers or passengers can select the Marketplace icon through the vehicle's infotainment system to select food, fuel info, and more with just a few swift taps on the screen. A new service called Marketplace, announced by GM on Tuesday, will let driver pay for a host of goods and services through the infotainment system in the vehicle. There's also the ability to reserve a table at certain restaurants, and a "shop" section that notifies owners of deals related to their vehicles.

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Wingstop Inc.: The Dallas-based chicken wing brand lets drivers reorder their favorite menu items and pay ahead.

IHOP makes it easy for guests to enjoy hot, fresh all-day breakfast favorites like fluffy buttermilk pancakes on the go, thanks to safe and secure on-dash ordering and location service capabilities that help search and find the nearest restaurant for pickup.

GM hopes to add more vendors soon, although the automaker says it is unclear how many the platform may ultimately host. GM stands to get an "undisclosed" amount of revenue from merchants on the marketplace, which include the likes of Starbucks, TGI Fridays, ExxonMobil, Parkopedia and Priceline.com.

General Motors said it is working with three main platform partners: Xevo in Seattle, Washington; Conversable in Austin, Texas; and Sionic Mobile in Atlanta.

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