General Motors app lets you order food, shop from auto

The number is expected to reach 4 million vehicles in 2018.

From now on, GM customers can order and pay for their favorite product from the comfort of their vehicle, probably trying to wash away the discomfort a traffic jam brings in any driver's life.

GM will get an undisclosed amount of revenue from merchants featured on its in-dash Marketplace, Santiago Chamorro, and GM vice president for globally connected customer experience said during a briefing for reporters.

General Motors, the biggest US carmaker with total sales of 2.7 million vehicles so far this year, is equipping newer cars with commerce technology to let drivers order food, find gas stations or reserve hotel rooms by tapping a touchscreen on their dashboards. But this ease of use may lead to people getting distracted while making transactions through Marketplace that they might not have otherwise made through their phone, resorting to the ancient method of waiting to arrive at their destinations instead.

"This platform is financed by the merchants", Chamorro said.

"We want to make this time more productive, more enjoyable and safer".

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The GM Marketplace will be automatically uploaded to around 1.9 million 2017-and-later models immediately, with four million vehicles across the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands getting it by the end of 2018. No separate data plan is required to use the Marketplace. "For most retailers and consumer brands, the daily commute is the only time not accessible in a consumer's day", Chamorro said, in the release.

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.

Dunkin' Donuts: The division of Canton, Mass. -based Dunkin Brands Group Inc. allows DD Perks members to preorder and pay onscreen at their preferred pickup location.

Starbucks offers another convenient way for customers to order ahead and enjoy their favorite handcrafted beverage or food item.

- IHOP, allowing to search for nearby restaurants and order from your vehicle. The service is launching with a variety of partner companies, including: GM, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Wingstop, TGI Friday's, Shell, ExxonMobil, Priceline.com, Parkopedia, Applebee's, IHOP, and delivery.com.

TGI Fridays will let customers schedule a table reservation for them and their closest friends and family when they need a break from the week. Customers will not be charged for the service or the costs of transmitting data, they said.

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