Apple CarPlay could soon be used to pay for gas

  • Vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay could soon move the part paying for gas at the pump to the dashboard, without having to pull out a credit card each time.
  • Exactly how this will all work remains a bit of a secret, but the 1,600-station Sinclair network hopes to make CarPlay payments an option when the software is updated this fall.
  • GM tried an in-dash refueling version in 2017 and 2018, but the automaker ended the Marketplace technology behind the service last March.

    Most of the hype around easy, contactless payments in the automotive space is about plug-and-charge electric vehicle stations, but gas-powered vehicles might not be excluded from updates to a more service-focused future. technology if rumors about upcoming changes to Apple CarPlay pan out.

    Reuters reports a new dashboard-based fuel payment feature expected to be released this fall in an updated version of CarPlay. While Apple apparently showed off the feature at its developer conference in June, details about fuel payments have not been made public until now. Reuters has confirmed with at least one gas station chain owner, HF Sinclair, which markets its diesel and gasoline brands at more than 1,600 stations in 30 states. The company said it hopes to bring the new CarPlay payment options to its stations and will provide more details soon.

    “We are excited about the prospect of consumers being able to drive into a Sinclair station and purchase fuel from their vehicle’s navigation screen,” HF Sinclair’s Jack Barger told Reuters.

    Gas station pumps are increasingly equipped with contactless tap readers that can obtain payment information from a compatible credit card or digital device like an Apple Watch. The general idea of ​​the CarPlay update is that you’ll be able to use your car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel without having to whip out a credit card. The technical details of how a car with Apple CarPlay will communicate with compatible pumps weren’t disclosed by Apple or Sinclair, but you’ll need to download compatible gas station apps for it to work. Once everything is installed, the navigation application will not only be able to direct you to a station but also be able to start the refueling session.

    CarPlay can already be used to pay for parking sessions, charging electric vehicles and ordering food, Reuters notes, saying the ability to use the software to log miles driven on business trips is also on the horizon. ‘horizon.

    GM’s short-lived experience

    Five years ago, General Motors introduced a pay-from-dash feature in select 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, but the technology only worked at select Shell stations and came with what The Verge called it a “baffling user interface that required so many steps to work – registering with Shell, getting three-digit codes that had to be entered on the pump’s keypad and more – that customers didn’t have to. never really taken to the service.GM shut down its Technology Marketplace in March 2022, telling Reuters it was because of “a vendor leaving the company”, but said it planned to introduce another technology similar in the future.

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