GM drivers will soon be able to order snacks from their car's dashboard

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(WTHR) — General Motors believes it has an easier way for drivers to order their coffee and food.

The car manufacturer is launching the GM Marketplace. It allows owners of late-model GMs to press a button on the touchscreen dashboard to order food or coffee and pick up minutes later in a drive-thru lane.

Users need a Wi-Fi connection for the new function to work. The car finds the nearest location, then starts navigation for the driver.

"The average American spends 46 minutes per day on the road driving," GM Vice President for global connected customer experience. told NBC News. "We have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back."

About 2 million GM owners will have access to the new service through their 2017 and 2018 vehicle's over-the-air technology in the next 12 to 18 months.

By the end of 2018, GM expects to have the service available in about 4 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles in the U.S.

The service is launching with businesses like Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts and Applebee's.

Applebee's, IHOP and TGI Friday's will let users make reservations through the service. Shell and Exxon Mobil will be on the service showing nearby gas stations. Priceline will offer deals and allow users to reserve hotel rooms.

There will also be an accompanying smartphone app that will allows drivers to use mobile pay.

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