LONDON, U.K. - Jaguar is planning to launch a first-of-its-kind fuel payment app in partnership with Shell shortly.
The app will allow users to pay for gasoline remotely via PayPal or ApplePay.
This will not be like the fuel concierge service that Bentley is currently trailing in California, wherein a fuel truck actually comes to the car when needed.
Starting this month, owners of latest generation XE, XF models and the new F-Pace, will be able to pay for fuel when filling up by simply tapping on an icon on their cars' infotainment display.
Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover's Director of Connected Car and Future Technology said, "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.”
The new Shell app, however, will only work when the user is at a Shell service station which are spread across 43,000 locations globally.
The app will let users select which pump and how much fuel they wish to purchase.
After the user has fuelled up, the electronic payment will be done.
While there are an increasing number of pumps today, that are completely self-service - with integrated credit or debit card payment, they still can pose a potential security risk due to card-cloning technologies.
The new app seeks to address these bugs and more through an integrated, digital service.
Virk said, "Expenses and tax returns will also be made much simpler, with no receipts to lose as these will all be sent electronically. 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.”
The new app service went live in the U.K. on Wednesday and will be rolling out to other Jaguar owners over the course of 2017, the automaker said.