As technology continues to develop in automobiles, concerns arise from parties worried about the safety of drivers.
Shortly after General Motors announced Marketplace, a new app, the National Safety Council denounced it, according to nesn.com.
GM announced that all of its 2017 and 2018 models, with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots, will come with Marketplace, an in-car app that allows you to make purchases with participating brands. The app has been designed according to the industry-wide voluntary driver-distraction guidelines according to GM, thereby limiting the order process to three or four steps to ensure drivers keep their eyes on the road.
The app allows drivers to do tasks such as ordering goods and services with brands such as Starbucks, Shell, Dunkin’ Donuts, and TGI Fridays. Users will be able to order and pay for items such as coffee while on the way to work with a simple tap on the dash.
“There’s nothing about this that’s safe,” Deborah Hersman, NSC president said. “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.”
Year by year, distracted driving is becoming more of a concern, with automobile accidents involving distracted drivers becoming much more common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 alone there were 3,477 distracted driving related fatalities, with another 391,000 people injured.