Car giant Jaguar Land Rover has launched an innovative app in conjunction with Shell that will let Jaguar drivers pay for their fuel via their car's touchscreen.
The Shell app is one of several new technologies available on the luxury British carmaker's F-Pace, XE and XF models. It promises to simplify and shorten the fuel-buying process, as users will only have to drive up to a pump at a Shell service station and use the vehicle's touchscreen to select how much fuel they want. Payment will be made via PayPal or Apple Pay, while Android Pay will be added later this year. The app will be available initially in the UK, before spreading across the globe.
The driver will still have to get out of the vehicle to fill it with fuel, but the Shell app will save them the hassle of paying at the pump or having to queue inside the petrol station.
A receipt will be displayed on the touchscreen and emailed to the driver to give them peace of mind that they have paid.
Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover's director of connected car and future technology, said: "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.
He continued: "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."