now you can also pay for fuel from the car

Apple Car Play will be renewed with the option for users to pay for refueling from the car’s display. The service will soon be active in the United States

Technology and services that take advantage of Internet access will play an increasingly important role in the future of the automotive industry and the future development of Apple Car Play go to confirm this trend. Apple’s software platform is actually preparing to incorporate various innovations and is becoming more and more complete and articulated with the aim of satisfying drivers’ different needs. Waiting to understand if and when the Apple Car project becomes a reality, the Cupertino house is working on more news for Apple Car Play. One of these news is becoming a reality. Thanks to a partnership with a US company present in the area with hundreds of gas stations, Apple is preparing to introduce the possibility of pay for fuel directly from the infotainment display on cars that support Car Play. The system will be instantaneous and will of course benefit from the Apple Pay payment service, the real leitmotif of Apple’s services.


APPLE CAR PLAY MAKES YOU PAY FOR FUEL FROM THE CAR’S DISPLAY

One of the next developments of Apple Car Play concernsTherefore fuel payment. Apple has partnered with HF Sinclair Corp. The company, based in Dallas, Texas, is one of the most important US energy companies and can count among its various activities over 1,600 gas stations spread over large parts of US territory (in total, the company is present in 30 US states). Thanks to the partnership with Apple, customers from the Texan company will be able to access any gas station and pay directly via the car’s display at no additional cost or service. To complete this operation, it will of course be necessary to have a car with Apple CarPlay and to have completed the registration for the service via a dedicated app. Payment is made via Apple Pay. The system will therefore make it possible to rely on Apple’s services for handling payments in connection with refueling.

HF SINCLAIR IS READY TO SUPPORT THE NEW APPLE CAR PLAY TECHNOLOGY TO PAY FOR FUEL FROM THE CAR

The new system, a result of the partnership between Apple and HF Sinclair, is in the run-in phase. Jack Barger, vice president of marketing at HF ​​Sinclair, stressed in a statement to Reuters: “We are excited that consumers can go to a Sinclair station and buy fuel from the vehicle’s navigation screenThe new refueling payment system will be rolled out gradually over the next few months. After a brief testing phase, HF Sinclair will actually launch the new system nationwide, allowing millions of motorists to use Apple CarPlay to pay for refueling costs. , at no extra cost and without further operations.A few taps on the display will be enough to complete the payment and restart after refueling.

IN THE FUTURE, SEVERAL OTHER COMPANIES CAN SUPPORT FUEL PAYMENT THROUGH APPLE CARPLAY

The new system for paying for fuel via Apple CarPlay, which is being rolled out at HF ​​Sinclair service stations, is just a first step in Apple’s growth program for software platforms. The Cupertino company intends to further innovate CarPlay, making its platform a real reference point for all services (and payments) related to the use of the car. Over the next few weeks, other companies in the sector could also follow HF Sinclair’s example, provide opportunities for their customers pay for refueling from the car display with Apple Car Play. Moreover, this new feature will not be exclusive to the United States. Once the right technology is in place, Apple Car Play can actually become the reference for paying for fuel supplies in many other countries in the world. In the future, therefore, a novelty of this type will also be able to find its way in Italy, in parallel with the growing prevalence of car models equipped with Apple CarPlay.

HUNDREDS OF CAR MODELS ARE ALREADY READY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW APPLE CAR PLAY FUNCTION

The new system will be available per hundreds of car models (already compatible with CarPlay). The debut is expected to start next fall, with the new update of Apple’s software platform. Just download the distributor app (in this case HF Sinclar, but others will follow suit), complete the account registration and enter the payment system via Apple Pay. With these initial steps completed, the car will be ready to support fuel payment via the infotainment display.

APPLE WANTS TO RENEW CAR PLAY: MAXI UPDATE COMES TO AUTUMN

Apple is working on the release of a major update to CarPlay, which will actually lead to a real generational leap for the company’s software platform. The preview of the future innovations of CarPlay arrived in June last year on the occasion of WWDC 2022. With the arrival of iOS 16the new version of the operating system for iPhones is currently in beta and ready for release this fall, CarPlay will be renewed again. Apple will provide more customization options. In addition, the ability to use CarPlay to monitor various car functions is also on the way. Between the news provided by Car Play there will also be improved multi-monitor support. It should also be noted that users will be able to further customize CarPlay using special widgets to be placed, according to their preferences, in the different display areas of their car. Among the car manufacturers that are ready to support the renewed version of CarPlay, we find:

– Jaguar Land Rover;

– Volkswagen Group;

– Ford;

– Mercedes;

– Renault, Nissan and Infiniti;

– Honda and Acura;

– Volvo and Polestar;

Note that the list in question may only be partial. In fact, Apple aims to become a reference point in the automotive sector, guaranteeing complete support for the largest number of cars. The goal is also to overcome competition from Android Auto. Rumors from a few weeks ago also confirm Apple’s willingness to expand to China. The Cupertino House would actually like to make Car Play a reference for the local market. However, in order to achieve this ambitious goal, it will be necessary to overcome competition from Chinese producers. A difficult mission, but certainly not impossible given Apple’s financial resources.

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