A “next generation” CarPlay experience, which manufacturers may not be ready for any time soon, was mentioned during Apple’s WWDC event a few weeks ago. iOS 16 was unveiled. You’ll also have access to a new “fueling and driving tasks applications” function that will be available after the update is published.
Recently, according to Reuters, the technology has been implemented by at least one gas chain, allowing drivers to use their car’s infotainment screen to discover nearby gas stations and pay for their fuel there. Gas providers will need to allow CarPlay for their iPhone apps, and customers will need to create an account and add a payment method to their account.
Sinclair Oil’s parent business, HF Sinclair Corp., aims to allow customers to buy gas from their dashboards in the future. It’s exciting to think that customers will be able to use their car screens to find a Sinclair station and buy fuel there, according to the company’s SVP of marketing, Jack Barger. More than 1,600 of the company’s stations sell gasoline.
Activating the pump from the driver’s seat isn’t new for Exxon, which has worked with Ford to make its Speedpass Plus app compatible with the automaker’s Sync 3 infotainment system for a while. Shell stations were GM’s entry into the functionality, but the app was taken down earlier this year when the company withdrew its in-car shopping software, Marketplace.
Tap-to-pay readers have become more prevalent, and modern gas stations have tried to include capabilities that connect with smartphone apps in their pumps. However, some corporations, such as Exxon, first made it difficult. For example, the iPhone app for Speedpass Plus supported Apple Pay, but you couldn’t just use a basic Apple Pay tap at the pump with this app. Even after that, Apple removed the Speedpass Plus app from the Apple Watch.
ChargePoint and Electrify America, two popular electric vehicle charging apps, are already compatible with Apple CarPlay, allowing you to locate stations, obtain directions, and begin charging your vehicle right from your car’s infotainment system. To go along with Apple’s expanded ambition for linked car apps, we should expect more opportunities for car e-commerce when iOS 16 launches this autumn.