Jaguar has launched an app in partnership with Shell allowing fleet drivers to pay for fuel, log mileage and save receipts using their car’s touchscreen.
The Shell app is one of several new enhancements to Jaguar’s F-Pace, XE and XF models.
Rather than using a card at the pump, or queuing in the forecourt shop, Jaguar drivers who install the Shell app can simply drive up to any pump at a Shell service station (initially in the UK and then globally) and use the vehicle’s touchscreen to select how much fuel they require and pay using PayPal or Apple Pay. Android Pay will be added later in 2017.
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.”
An electronic receipt will be displayed on the touchscreen, so customers can leave the forecourt confident of having paid. A receipt will also be sent directly from the pump to the driver’s email address so it can be added to accounting or expenses software.
Future developments of this technology from Jaguar Land Rover will include paying for parking, tolls and drive-through restaurants.
The Shell app with in-car cashless payments will be available to download in the UK from 15 February and will be rolled out to additional markets globally during 2017.
Peter 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.
“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.”
Other updates include the introduction of the latest efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines and the addition of convenience features such as gesture technology where the sweep of a foot can open the boot.