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You can soon buy things off a GM car's dashboard
By Ian Chee - on 6 Dec 2017, 12:28pm

You can soon buy things off a GM car's dashboard

General Motors (GM), the company that makes cars under the brand of Chevrolet and Cadillac among others, says that it will equip the dashboards of its newer cars with e-commerce technology. This means that instead of using your phone to do things like buy fast food, find petrol stations or reserve hotel rooms, you do it from your dashboard instead.

Image source: Engadget.

The newer cars in question will include 2017 and later models across brands like Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. By the end of 2018, GM aims to have about four million cars in the U.S. with this capability. GM will also get an undisclosed amount of revenue from merchants featured on the dashboard marketplace, while customers will not be charged extra, according to a Reuters report.

While the competition with smartphones may mean that people will be texting a little less while driving, the dashboard would also serve as a source of distraction just as much as a smartphone will. And save for the likely larger display, there’s no real benefit here over using a smartphone to do the things like ordering fast food or looking for petrol stations, as you’ll still have to drive through the counters to get your food, and get out of your car to physically pump the petrol.

At current, there's no news as to when this feature will be made available in to any of the GM car brands that are currently being sold in Malaysia.

Source: Reuters.