Connected car solution providers Parkopedia and ThinxNet have formed a partnership to ease refueling for drivers in Europe, with the development of an intelligent connected solution that enables fuel payments to be made via a vehicle’s infotainment system.
By utilizing Parkopedia’s payment platform, ThinxNet uses a cloud-based technology to ensure payments at the fuel pump can be made from inside the vehicle. This enables drivers to refuel quickly and safely without leaving the comfort of their own vehicle.
The payment solution is currently used at over 1,400 fueling stations in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, with more planned in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and other parts of Europe.
The multi-domain payment platform from Parkopedia is an extension of the company’s existing parking payment system. The latest platform will include payments for fueling alongside other vehicle-centric services like EV charging and tolls via the single solution.
Following a low fuel warning, live fuel prices will appear on the vehicle’s screen and the driver will be navigated toward a fueling station. Once at the fuel stop, the pump will be activated by the platform, with the transaction and payment all handled by the vehicle and the partnerships solution.
“We are delighted to partner with ThinxNet and integrate essential pay-at-the-pump fueling services for drivers into our recently announced payment platform,” commented Hans Puvogel, COO at Parkopedia. “Our relationships with key connected vehicle service providers are a vital aspect of why we are already the market leader for in-vehicle parking payments. As we expand across further vehicle-centric payment services, we need partners that are aligned with us in delivering exceptional connected services that enhance the journey for drivers.”
Sandra Dax, CEO at ThinxNet, added, “The partnership with Parkopedia is a logical next step for us to fulfil our vision of hassle-free, secure and reliable transactions around the car. We are convinced that a seamless in-car experience is a key driver for the adoption of connected services like digital fueling.”