New advancements at Jaguar keep on coming. In addition to the new Ingenium engine we reported on earlier today, Jaguar has also announced an in-car payment system for use exclusively at Shell stations.
Gassing up will soon be such a breeze for Jag owners, they’ll want to do it all the time. Shell no doubt encourages this behavior.
The two companies partnered together to develop the system, which is part of 2018 model year updates to Jaguar XE, XF, F-Pace, and Land Rover models (when equipped with the InControl app system). It would seem F-Type and XJ owners do not need the benefit of in-car fuel purchases at this time.
Designed to simplify the life of the customer, the Shell payment system can also log trips and save receipts for those who use their Jaguar as a company vehicle.
It works by allowing the driver to drive up to the pump at a Shell station and use the vehicle’s touchscreen to select how much fuel they’d like to purchase. The transaction is conducted using PayPal or Apple Pay for the time being. Android Pay will be added as an option later in the year. Upon payment, the touchscreen will display the fuel receipt, and further send a copy to a driver’s email address.
“In a world where cash is no longer king, customers are increasingly using electronic payments and contactless cards,” said Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Connected Car and Future Technology. “Making a payment directly from a car’s touchscreen will make refueling quicker and easier. With this new system you can choose any pump at the gas station and pay for the fuel even if you’ve forgotten your wallet or can’t find your credit or debit card.”
It would seem Jaguar has finally taken note of Jeremy Clarkson and his representations of wallet-forgetting Jaguar drivers on Top Gear. Though the image above suggests the actual target for the app is drivers of the Renault Grand Modus.
Jaguar indicated plans to extend future cashless technology to parking and drive-through restaurants. Jaguar wants to make sure you never have to set foot outside your leather cocoon for too long, whether that be for some 93-octane fuel or a burger and fries.
The app launches for download in the UK on February 15th, and for other markets later this year.
[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]