Apple plans to let you pay for gas using CarPlay

Apple has a major update to CarPlay planned for later this year, but in the meantime the tech giant has started working with partners to support a new feature that will allow users to pay for gas directly in the company’s infotainment platform.

While the ability to buy fuel with CarPlay was first unveiled during developer sessions at WWDC earlier this month, it didn’t garner much attention until recently, when energy company HF Sinclair announced plans to implement the feature at its gas stations across the US

HF Sinclair told Reuters that more details will be released in the coming months, but the basic idea is that users can buy gas via an app in CarPlay instead of having to swipe their credit card at the pump. However, there will be an initial setup as you must first download the app and enter your payment information. Once everything is set up, you can select a specific pump from your navigation screen and fill up without having to pull out your wallet.

Ahead of a major update to CarPlay, Apple’s push to support digital gas purchases comes amid greater efforts to integrate more third-party services as the company seeks to expand the role of its automotive platform. In a statement to Reuters, given the reach of CarPlay, Asymco analyst Horace Dedie said this strategy could have an even bigger impact than Apple’s long-rumored effort to create its own electric vehicle.

“Forget Apple Car — Apple CarPlay is a bigger deal,” Dediu said. “It’s very likely that it can be scaled to millions and millions of cars, if not hundreds of millions.” However, with Google also eyeing a number of Android Auto upgrades, the competition among in-car infotainment systems seems only just getting tougher.

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