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


The feature will be made available through a simple tap of the button on a GM car's dashboard, which the vehicle retailer believes will allow for a smoother and safer commute for drivers.

GM (gm) launched a new commerce feature Tuesday that will let owners of more than 2 million vehicles with 4G service order and pay for food, make dinner reservations, reserve a parking space, or pay for gas using the touchscreen inside their auto, truck, or SUV.

It's called Marketplace and it's rolling out this month in all 2017 and 2018 Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models.

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"We will be adding more vendors", Chamorro says, "and we will be continuously improving the experience". GM focused on retailers and gas station providers initially because these stand to have the most impact in terms of making vehicle owner's drive easier.

A shop button is also included allowing for instance purchasing of things like Wi-Fi data an to get discounts on oil changes or GM accessories. For example, GM will launch Marketplace with just Shell and Exxon Mobil icons in the fuel category. And the in-dash Marketplace purchasing process is actually meant to be used while you're actually driving, with a purchase flow that's meant to minimize distraction and keep attention on the road. In October 2016, GM announced plans to combine IBM's artificial intelligence software Watson with the carmaker's OnStar system in order to market services to drivers in their vehicles. It leverages machine learning from real-time interaction data, such as location, time of day and a driver's established digital relationship with third-party merchants, to offer highly personalized experiences. However, customers will not have to pay for the service or data used for these services.

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

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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' 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. Drivers will also have access to Priceline, ExxonMobil and OnStar, among other companies.

"Our integration with GM's Marketplace provides our Starbucks Rewards customers with an additional opportunity to order their favorite Starbucks beverages while on the go", a Starbucks press representative. said Tuesday in a statement issued to International Business Times.

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