Thanks to CarPlay, you won’t even have to get out of your car to pay for your fill-up. Well almost, since you will always have to go to the pump, but as far as the regulations are concerned, this can happen directly from the vehicle’s infotainment system, thanks to the applications which should soon arrive on the Apple OS.
When you see the price of gasoline these days, the checkout is not always the most pleasant. Fortunately (or not), the next new feature of Apple CarPlay will skip this step. Gasoline will always pay off — sorry for the false hope. On the other hand, everything can be done directly from your car, without having to go to the counter or take out your bank card at the pump.
According to Reuters, everything should thus happen on the dedicated application of the fuel supplier. Apple is currently in talks with several companies to let them offer their own application to drivers, which would therefore allow them to pay for their gasoline from their car and have access to assistance if needed. HF Sinclair, with 1,600 service stations in the United States, has already announced the arrival of the service for its pumps.
With Apple CarPlay, pay for your gas with your car
“We are excited about the idea that consumers can walk into a Sinclair station and purchase fuel from their vehicle screen”said Jack Barger, the firm’s senior vice president of marketing. To use the feature, you will of course have to enter your bank details in the application beforehand. Once done, the driver will only have to select the desired pump on the screen and let the application do the rest.
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Apple has not communicated on a possible launch of this feature. For the time being, given the progress of the thing, it is likely that it will arrive during this fall, on the occasion of the next major update of the operating system. Anyway, these announcements confirm Apple’s desire to make CarPlay a real car computer.