Safety Group Expresses Concerns About GM’s Marketplace App

A prominent safety group has expressed concerns about GM’s recently-announced Marketplace app.

The application allows GM owners to use the vehicle’s onboard WiFi to browse through various outlets, including Starbucks, Priceline, and Dunkin Donuts, and place orders.

However, the National Safety Council claims the application will only contribute to distracted driving and potentially increase fatalities.

“There’s nothing about this that’s safe. If this is why they want Wi-Fi in the car, we’re going to see fatality numbers go up even higher than they are now,” National Safety Council president Deborah Hersman told Bloomberg.

Upon unveiling the app, GM was proud to boast about it being the “industry’s first commerce platform for on-demand reservations and purchases” and intends on rolling it out to roughly four million drivers in the United States within the next 12 to 18 months.

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  • brn

    Does it work while the vehicle is in motion or only while stopped? That’s a pretty important safety factor and I can’t seem to find an answer. A little help?

  • Dre Andre

    Agree. How is having all these built-in distractions (touch screen infotainment systems, etc.) any different from using a cellphone? Both cases, you are distracted & your eyes are not paying attention to the road.

  • John

    this should only be allowed in full autonomous cars…

  • Blackwater

    Having “infotainment” systems in cars is a major contributor to the uptick in automobile fatalities….after decades of decline.

  • europeon

    Did this “National Safety Council” expressed any concerns about Tesla’s infotainment? Or Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for that matter.

    • BGM

      No doubt touchscreens on cars are a safety issue, forcing you to take your eyes off the road to make the most minimal changes, whether it be adjusting the radio or the AC. In that sense Teslas ought to be classified as the most dangerous of them all.

  • Chris Krajnik

    There are many things in the infotainment system that are already locked out when the car is moving above 5MPH. I don’t doubt for a second that this new Marketplace will also be locked out while moving. People tend to make too big of a deal about infotainment systems that I never heard about car radios or hvac systems years ago.

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