General Motors is enhancing the infotainment system as we know it with GM Marketplace. The automaker announced its new system on Tuesday, which will provide drivers the ability to shop, order food and even reserve a table via the car’s touchscreen unit.
The system will launch with numerous companies tossing in support. They include:
- General Motors
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- TGI Fridays
GM will provide a “Shop” function where drivers can purchase accessories or services right from the car. The fuel stations, meanwhile, will locate the nearest station and Shell will offer the ability to pay via the infotainment system in the near future. Quick bite places like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts will allow drivers to order the food and drink ahead of time in the car, while the restaurants will offer similar amenities. TGI Fridays, in particular, will allow drivers to reserve a table.
The automaker said Marketplace is designed for use while driving and it minimizes manual operation to keep eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel. Additionally, the system will learn as it goes to provide relevant deals or information based on time of day and location.
The system leverages onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi and does not require a separate data plan to operate. GM will roll out Marketplace to existing 2017 and 2018 model year cars with compatible infotainment systems with future applications to come.