DS Automobiles, PSA Group’s premium brand, has launched a contactless payment car key, powered by provider bPay.
The key integrates a bPay payment chip, which harnesses Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology, to allow the existing DS 3 car key to make contactless payments.
Customers who purchase a DS 3 Connected Chic model throughout September will receive the integrated car key. The maximum spending limit per transaction is £30, and DS said over 490,000 locations across the UK will accept payments through this method.
bPay also has an app available on iPhone or Android devices, through which DS drivers with payment keys can track spending, top up their balance, and take control to block or cancel the contactless payment element.
Mark Blundell, UK marketing director at DS Automobiles UK said; “At DS we’re always looking at how we can credibly complement our customer’s active lifestyles, where staying connected and being able to easily interact with the world is key. With the combination of connectivity features integrated into DS 3 Connected Chic models, and the ability to make those must have purchases by using one integrated device – with the DS contactless payment car key, we really feel we have achieved this.”
DS 3 Connected Chic models start from £15,775 OTR with the PureTech 82 manual version available from £199/month with a 3-year warranty, DS roadside assistance, and contactless payment key.