A lot of new technology is about making life much simpler, but also has the side effect of making us lazier. We can video chat with friends without getting out of bed, print our photographs without leaving the house, while smartphone access to a world of information from our pockets removes the need to think for ourselves or retain too much information.
Jaguar’s latest innovation falls into that category, having partnered with Shell to allow drivers to pay for fuel at Shell service stations via their car’s touchscreen. Part of a suite of updates for the Jaguar XE, XF and F-PACE, drivers can use PayPal or Apple Pay (Android Pay will be added later this year) to pay for their fuel without queuing in the shop. Company car users can also log their journeys and digital receipts via the touchscreen. In fairness, it’s a fairly nifty idea.
“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,” said Peter Virk, the man in charge of future technology at Jaguar Land Rover. “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 app is initially available in the UK, but Jaguar has said that it will be rolled out to other countries throughout the rest of the year. Jaguar is also looking to introduce in-car payments elsewhere, such as paying for parking or at drive-through restaurants.
Cash is dead, long live cash.