By on February 15, 2017

Jaguar Shell Payment App

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.”

Jaguar Shell Payment App

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]

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23 Comments on “Jaguar and Shell Partner for World’s First In-Car Fuel Purchase System...”


  • avatar
    Corollaman

    Now they just need a direct connection to a tow truck service for the inevitable break down that will leave you stranded on the side of the road.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    You know, every once in a while someone comes up with a truly neat idea…

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      This is cool use of the technology. Making this work at drive thrus is brilliant. Starbucks should get on this like yesterday!

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      I know, this is brilliant. But its Jaguar so a tow truck must be mentioned in the first comment, by law. LOL

      Nahh. Seriously, imagine Ford or GM partnering with Chevron or BP. Offer a 2% discount/cash back for every purchase, just like some credit card. I’m sure a Chevron would love to see his pumps crowded with Ford Super Dutys and GM HDs. Route it through TouchOnMyUConnectStar systems

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      And they team up with the fuel company that, in the Richmond, VA area at least, has the highest pump prices of anyone. Of course, if you can afford a Jaguar, you’re not exactly worried about a couple of pennies per gallon. Shell, in our area, has gone as high as $.50/gal. higher than the local discount brands.

      I’ll be interested to see if this carries over to the US.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Exxon’s SpeedPass system, which accomplishes the same thing, has been around for what, 20 years? (Okay, it won’t file your receipts away for you, I guess…)

  • avatar
    Spike_in_Brisbane

    Aussie servos started using credit card readers at the pump many years ago but deinstalled them all once they realized that customers no longer needed to come into the shop. They make more money from drinks and ice creams than they do from fuel. Once this spreads beyond just Shell as a loyalty enforcer I suspect that the servo franchisees will mutiny.

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      Interesting. Credit card readers are pretty much the basic standard in the US, at least places where I’ve been in the last decade. My only complaint with Shell is that I have to swipe two cards, one for the 3 cent discount and one for the credit card purchase, although if I’m anywhere near a Costco I’ll buy there now that they’ve gone Top Tier.

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      A lot of people in the states, myself included, tend to pay at the pump, fill up, then drive over and park to go inside for anything else. At least that’s how the polite ones do.

      Others just block two pumping stations with their ratty Beretta automatic that echoes relentlessly under the canopy covering the pump islands (and its gotta be the only auto diesel equipped pump so there is a steaming-mad guy in a TDI Jetta waiting endlessly) to buy $5.00 worth of gas but it takes them 25 minutes to buy all their munchies, smokes and cigarillos along with it, while the kids are screaming in the back seat the whole time.

      The other side? Blocked by a well dressed lady in a newer Lexus who paid at the pump, but went inside to buy snacks/drinks and use the bathroom without bothering to move the car first.

      Its not her problem, nor is it the Beretta driver’s problem, so why should they care? Isn’t society awesome?

      LMAO I’m not that cynical, but some days it is like that, or so it seems. Lots of idiots out there.

      • 0 avatar
        jpolicke

        You left out the lottery tickets that they have to agonize over as if they knew the winning numbers but if they could only remember them.

        On the bright side there won’t be many TDI Jettas much longer.

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    In PA about 99% of gas stations are self service and have credit card readers on the pumps. The Jag/Shell payment system would be a lot more desirable if in addition to paying for the gas over bluetooth, it would summon a young lass in a French maid’s outfit to come to your car and pump the gas while bending over the cowl to clean the windshield.
    This is not a sexist thing either as it would promote more employment.

  • avatar
    deanst

    So the 5 second swipe of your credit card at the pump is replaced by a 5 minute drive to the nearest shell station? How exciting…

    A useful app would send out a message to all nearby gas stations and let them bid on your business – cheapest price wins, let the app have a few cents per gallon. Shocking that someone like GasBuddy hasn’t developed something like this already.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    What I don’t see is any mention that existing models are going to have this as an optional download/update. If manufacturers are going to keep releasing new software to run on the same old hardware, they need to make it available to people who bought last year’s model as well.

  • avatar
    Fred

    wireless payments is generally unsecure. Hope they have that worked out.

  • avatar
    stuki

    “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.”

    Is this some sort of PC way of admitting your target buyer is starting to get mighty long in the tooth?

    Even living in the dumb age, this has got to be one of it’s high points wrt dumb. If gas stations in India is mainly full service, and those driving Jags don’t particularly like mixing it up with the locals who loiter around them, I take that back. But otherwise, it stands.

    Now, in flight refueling, as in: You make a purchase while driving. The gas station dispatches a mini tanker at a freeway entrance who fuels your car while it’s driving, then hops back off at the next exit…. Now that’s something to be proud of putting on your resume. This, on the other hand, is just pathetic. No excuses, no two ways about it.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      I’ve got an easier, better fueling service now. When I get home at night, my car gets fueled while parked in the garage. When I get to work, it gets fueled while I work. If I stop for shopping at a mall, it gets fueled there too. I never even have to stop at a gas station. No freezing out in the cold while pumping gas.

  • avatar
    brandloyalty

    Who forgets their wallet- which usually is also where the drivers’ license is? Who doesn’t keep their payment cards in their wallet?

  • avatar
    la834

    Is the Tile app there so you can find your car if you forget where you parked it? That would be useful for me.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    So Jaguar, a quintessentially British automaker, partners with a petroleum company that isn’t BP?


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