What you need to know
- A new feature coming to CarPlay could completely change how you buy gas.
- Apple is planning to let developers offer support for preauthorizing fuel purchases from your dashboard.
- It could mean you can prepay for your gas before you even arrive at the station, saving time.
A new CarPlay feature coming to iPhone this fall could let you pay for gas from your dashboard and preauthorize purchases before you even arrive at the pump.
A video on Apple's developer website titled 'Get more mileage out of your app with CarPlay' includes a section titled Fueling apps, where Apple explains to developers how they can create apps designed to help fueling. This includes not only finding pumps but apps that can enable starting up a gas pump and buying gas straight from your dashboard using Apple Pay to skip inserting or even tapping your credit or debit card. The report says that it could also be used to preauthorize payments before you even arrive at the pump.
Reuters says that at least one U.S. firm is already onboard:
Apple's updates to CarPlay in iOS 16 were overshadowed by its unveiling of the next generation of CarPlay, which will see Apple's iPhone take over your car's entire dashboard, displaying information and metrics from your vehicle as pictured below:
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