Pay directly from the driver’s seat with CarPlay on iOS 16 and Android Auto

At the WWDC 2022 developers conference at the beginning of June, Apple announced the iOS 16 update for iPhones and with it, among other things, innovations for CarPlay. Through them, the technology giant aims to anchor its position more firmly in the car market. But Google with Android Auto is also in no way inferior to CarPlay and its latest update: Both platforms now open the door for fuel apps with payment functions directly within the car. For PACE Telematics, this enables a further innovative step towards the modern way of refueling.

What exactly do CarPlay, iOS 16, and Android Auto mean for PACE Drive users?

Through CarPlay under iOS 16 and Android Auto, paying for fuel with PACE Drive is possible directly from the car’s infotainment system. For PACE Drive users, this means: Refueling will be even faster and more convenient in the future!

What makes the whole thing especially easy: No separate app needs to be installed in the car. All that is required is the latest update of the PACE Drive app and the latest version of the iPhone operating system (iOS 16), or one of the Android versions on which the PACE Drive app can be installed (Android 6 or higher). The new features thus allow the car display to make use of the PACE Drive App on the smartphone on the car – without the installation of an additional app. Fast and convenient payment directly from the driver’s seat is no longer a dream of the future!

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Paying from your driver’s seat: saving time is this easy

This is how the payment process works in detail: 

  1. The app displays a list of gas stations in the vicinity, making it quick and easy to navigate to the nearest Connected Fueling station. 
  2. As soon as PACE Drive users arrive at a supported gas station, they are automatically asked on the car’s display whether they want to fill up here.
  3. In the PACE Drive app for CarPlay or Android Auto, the user selects the gas pump and then refuels as usual.
  4. Finally, you choose one of the payment methods already stored in the PACE Drive on your smartphone (giropay, credit card) from the car display and immediately receive your payment confirmation.
  5. And you’re ready to go!

The payment is made directly via the screen. The receipt is sent digitally as an email attachment and available directly in the app. So you can continue your journey or shop leisurely at the gas station store without being stressed by other cars waiting as the fuel pump is no longer in use.

Gas station operators also benefit from the refueling of the future

Not only PACE Drive users can enjoy PACE Drive for CarPlay and Android Auto; gas station operators also benefit from the many advantages this innovation brings:

  • Waiting times for refueling and store customers are reduced by shorter lines at the checkout.
  • Processes are optimized both at the pump and in the store.
  • Customer loyalty is sustainably increased. 

By offering payment via smartphone, smartwatch and now car, PACE Telematics provides a consistently modern, versatile, secure and convenient payment solution in all situations and continues to extend its technological lead.

Thus, PACE reaches another milestone as an innovative company and continues to lead the market with innovative, future-oriented functions that not only make everyday life easier for users, but also offer a multitude of advantages to gas station operators.