Amazon announces at CES that Alexa can now pay for your fuel at the pump
Alexa, pay my gas! Amazon announces at CES that its virtual assistant can now charge fuel costs on the credit card associated with your online account
- Amazon has announced a new Alexa command at CES in Las Vegas this week
- Users with vehicles with Alexa can tell that they have to pay their gas at the pump
- Alexa asks you to confirm which station you are at and which pump you use
- The charges are then placed on the credit card linked to your Amazon account
- The feature will be available at Exxon and mobile gas stations in the US.
Alexa can turn on lights, play music, suggest restaurants and now the Amazon voting assistant can pay for your gas.
At CES in Las Vegas, the online retail giant announced that those with Alexa can drive into Exxon and Mobil stations in their cars and say, “Alexa, pay for gas.”
Alexa asks you to confirm which station you are at, which pump you use and then charges the card connected to your Amazon account.
Amazon says the service station feature will be available at 11,500 Exxon locations and will be rolled out to Mobile later this year.
The new feature will be available to all customers with Alexa-compatible devices in their cars, including Echo Auto, the company says.
CES in Las Vegas (photo), the online retail giant has announced that those with Alexa can drive into Exxon and Mobil stations in their cars and say, “Alexa, pay for gasoline
The speech assistant is integrated in some new vehicles. Including those of Toyota, Ford, Lexus and Audi.
Eric Carmichael, Americas Fuel Marketing Manager at ExxonMobil, said in a statement: “We are excited to bring new technology and better experiences to the gas station.”
“We build and look for technology that will surprise our customers, offering both ease of use and safety.”
Transactions are processed using Amazon Pay, which allows customers to use the card linked to their Amazon account – the entire system is powered by Fiserv digital trading technology.
Alexa asks you to confirm which station you are at, which pump you use and then charges the card that is connected to your Amazon account
Devin McGranahan, senior group president, Global Business Solutions at Fiserv, said, “As consumer expectations change, the demand for frictionless interactions in the digital and physical world is growing.”
“The era of connected trade is here and speech-driven smart devices will play a crucial role in the future of payments by streamlining the way consumers make purchases every day.”
ExxonMobil, although the first fuel supplier to offer voice-driven purchases through this new Alexa experience, has worked on other ways to make the purchase of fuel at the pump as frictionless as possible.
In November 2019, the company announced that it had introduced the Exxon Mobile Rewards + app, which allows users to pay for their gas from their vehicle – simply using their phone.
Amazon says the service station feature will be available at 11,500 Exxon locations and will be rolled out to Mobile later this year
The purpose of this innovation is not only to leave people in their cars, but because it bypasses card readers, the risk of card skiming is eliminated – a problem that has plagued many Americans.
Two years ago in Florida alone, authorities found more than 1,000 skimmers on gas pumps.
Now with the addition of Alexa and the Exxon Mobile Rewards + app, sweeping a card will soon be a thing of the past.