Monday, 18 December, 2017

GM's Marketplace adds shopping features to your car's infotainment system

GM Drivers Can Now Order a Starbucks From Their Car's Touchscreen GM launches Marketplace for in-car shopping and reservations
Laurie Berry | 05 December, 2017, 20:37

Vehicle owners can order coffee and gas both from the driver's seat.

Adhering to industry distracted driving guidelines, as well as GM's strict in-house safety guiding principles, GM designs its in-vehicle systems to minimize manual interactions, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

For example, an owner might be offered a discount on an oil change or reminded that their in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi data plan needs to be renewed.

GM will be able to generate revenue from merchants featured on its in-dash Marketplace, Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president for global connected customer experience, said during a briefing for reporters. Marketplace unlocks a new opportunity for merchants to reach customers directly with convenient, highly contextual offers in an uncluttered landscape, delivered more safely through the touch-screens of their eligible U.S. Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles.

"With the best intentions, we will put some technology in the vehicle that we think will make the auto safer, but people being people will use that technology in ways that we don't anticipate", Strayer said in a statement describing his research.

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There will be limits to the functionality of the new marketplace feature since it's created to be used while driving.

In addition to those brands, app-based courier service delivery.com will also provide services from local independent businesses by enabling customers to order online from their favorite local restaurants, wine and spirits shops, grocery stores and laundry and dry-cleaning providers - all from the front seat of their vehicle. For instance, tapping on the Starbucks icon would give customers a few favorite drinks to choose from, and possibly a seasonal offering.

Dunkin' Donuts will help customers start their day off right through an experience that allows DD Perks members to preorder and pay onscreen for their favorite coffee and donut, at their preferred pickup location. The only restaurant available for in-car table reservations at launch is the chain TGI Fridays, GM said. Customers' closest Shell station will be identified and station amenities showcased among the largest fuel station network in the USA, with the ability to pay in-dash coming soon. It also allows drivers to find the closest gas station and make dinner reservations.

GM is working with three firms to do this including Xevo, Conversable, and Sionic Mobil.

General Motors Co. has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.

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