Jaguar has launched an in car app allowing customers to pay for fuel at Shell service stations via their car’s touchscreen using either PayPal or Apple Pay.
Customers who pay with the app will receive an electronic receipt, which will be sent to the customers email address and will also appear on the car’s touchscreen, so the customer can be sure they’ve paid.
Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover's director of connected car and future technology, said: “In a world where cash is no longer king, customers are increasingly using electronic payments and contactless cards. Making a payment directly from a car’s touchscreen will make refuelling quicker and easier. With this new system you can choose any pump on the forecourt and pay for the fuel even if you’ve forgotten your wallet or can’t find your credit or debit card.”
“You will save time because there’s no more queuing to pay in a shop, and for drivers with children, it won’t be necessary to wake them up, or unstrap them from their seats to take them into the shop. Expenses and tax returns will also be made much simpler, with receipts sent electronically.
The app uses geolocation technology and a cloud based pre-payment check, and Jaguar said it plans to roll out the technology to other markets globally during 2017.
Virk added: “We are working with leaders in e-commerce such as Shell to enable our customers to enjoy cashless motoring via their car’s touchscreen. Whether it’s paying for fuel, parking, tolls, or even at a drive-through restaurant, the aim of cashless motoring is to make life easier for our customers.
“Our technology allows users to put their phone away out of sight and use it via the touchscreen in the car, because as the car becomes more connected to the Internet of Things, we will always be guided by what is appropriate and safe to do while driving. So in-car payments would only be enabled when it is safe to do so, preventing unnecessary driver distractions.”