GM says around 4 million drivers will be able to access the feature immediately, a figure that's expected to rise over the next year.
The app also lets drivers know about discounts on GM parts and accessories.
In explaining the reasoning behind the app, GM said people spend an average of 46 minutes driving per day and that "the daily commute is the only time not accessible in a consumers' day" for most retailers and brands. Gee!
Tuesday launched Marketplace, a new e-commerce feature that will allow its customers to order and pay for food, make dinner reservations, reserve a parking space, or pay for gas.
Iyer told Bloomberg the app is designed "in accordance with voluntary driver-distraction guidelines agreed to by vehicle companies", but didn't specify those guidelines. Payment for items such as food and drink is made through accounts owners have previously set up with popular merchants on the platform. "Leveraging connectivity and our unique data capabilities, we have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back". Marketplace will reportedly feature a "Shop" tab that will allow users to but WiFi data, and special discounts for GM customers like oil changes and auto accessories.
"We will be adding more vendors", Chamorro says, "and we will be continuously improving the experience".
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"Marketplace gives merchants the ability to more safely engage with drivers and passengers in a meaningful way that provides true value for our customers", Chamorro added.
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. Applebee's, Dunkin' Donuts and Wingstop can handle takeout orders, and Starbucks will be available early next year.
GM will receive revenue for installing a merchant's application on its dashboard. Customers will not be charged for using the service or the data transmitted to and from the vehicle while making transactions, he said.
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.