Rather than using a card at the pump, or queuing in the forecourt shop, owners 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.
The system will display an electronic receipt on the screen and email a copy of the receipt to the driver's email address.
"In a world where cash is no longer king, customers are increasingly using electronic payments and contactless cards", says Peter Virk, Director of Connected Car and Future Technology. "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 no receipts to lose as these will all be sent electronically."
The new in-car cashless payment app will be available across the enhanced Jaguar F-PACE performance SUV, F-TYPE and XF and XE sports saloon model ranges, as well as the latest Land Rover models.