Mercedes-Benz and Mastercard have partnered to allow users to pay for gas using fingerprint sensors at the pump. Benz is the world’s first automaker to incorporate Mastercard’s Secure Card on File for Commerce Platforms technology for online payments into its cars.
With the integration of a fingerprint sensor into the MBUX infotainment system, Mercedes-Benz customers can authorize payments at gas stations using their Mastercard debit or credit cards.
Mastercard’s technology is designed to ensure that transaction data is encrypted using cryptograms that are individually assigned to each transaction, providing strong protection for sensitive payment information.
The Mercedes pay+ service will initially be accessible at around 3,600 service stations in Germany, Benz’s native country.
“With Mercedes pay+, we are making everyday life easier for our customers,” said Franz Reiner, chairman of Mercedes-Benz Mobility, in a statement. “From now on, they can pay their fuel bill directly from their car using their fingerprint – simply, securely, and conveniently. An intuitive payment process and a best-in-class customer experience lay the foundation for the success of digital offerings. We are pioneers in native in-car payment and are already working on the integration of further services.”
Jorn Lambert, chief digital officer at Mastercard, said in a statement, “Digital payments are coming of age, and consumers want to embrace new forms that are infused into their everyday experiences and activities. Through our dynamic payments technology, we are proud to work hand in hand with Mercedes-Benz to bring safer, smarter, and more intelligent commerce experiences to its vehicles. We look forward to our continued efforts to drive further innovation in this area in Germany and around the world.”
According to a recent study done by the German market research firm GfK on behalf of Mastercard, 60% of respondents (aged 18 to 39) would use in-car payment mostly for car-related services such as paying for gas or charging electric vehicles.