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Shopping and driving is newest distraction

Distracted driving activities, such as texting and driving, have led to an increase in car accidents across the country. Remarkably, GM has developed technology that will allow drivers to shop while they drive.

In addition to texting on a cellphone, distracted driving has included changing a song on a music application and reading and sending emails. Other recent and potentially dangerous distractions include new built-in devices that allow texting, navigation and audio play.

GM has installed its Marketplace dashboards on its 2017-2018 Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. It is anticipated that over two million vehicles will have the capacity to upload icons for numerous national chains such as Shell, ExxonMobil, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.

Motorists will be able to simultaneously drive down the interstate and act as a consumer. Options and services include ordering coffee and food, reserving tables at national chain restaurants, locating gas stations, making hotel reservations, sending to-go orders and ordering goods and services.

It is particularly disturbing that the vehicles do not have to be stopped or idled for to use these services. In fact, GM advertised that its Marketplace is designed to be used while driving.

Consumer Reports, however, found that GM had the least distractions in its vehicles. It cited their larger texts, all-inclusive steering wheel controls and their traditional knobs and buttons.

However, Consumer Reports also pointed out negative aspects, such as their smaller screens and the more difficult sweeping motions associated with using these systems. Earlier this year, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that technology which allows texting and navigation to be a significant distraction for motorists.

A victim of a car accident caused by a distracted driver may be entitled to compensation for injuries caused by this negligent behavior. An attorney can help obtain evidence and pursue this legal right.

Source: Land Line Magazine, "GM's Marketplace app doubles down on distracted driving," Tyson Fisher, Dec. 12, 2017

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