iOS 16 CarPlay Will Allow People To Pay For Fuel From Their Car Dashboard
Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 CarPlay update could change the way people pay for fuel on the forecourt.
The update, which will be made available later this year, will allow people to locate fuel pumps and then pay right from their dashboard.
While Apple confirmed that CarPlay developers would be able to build new kinds of apps with iOS 16, it didn’t go into detail about what that would mean for users. Now, Reuters reports that at least one company is already planning to take advantage of Apple’s plans.
But Dallas-based HF Sinclair, which markets its gasoline at 1,600 stations in the United States, told Reuters that it plans to use the new CarPlay technology and will announce details in coming months.
“We are excited by the idea that consumers could navigate to a Sinclair station and purchase fuel from their vehicle navigation screen,” Jack Barger, the company’s senior vice president of marketing, reportedly told Reuters. That’s good news, because with 1,600 stations this isn’t a small player. It’s likely that others will also join the mix as competition does its thing.
Apple’s CarPlay update got a lot of attention during WWDC22 last month, but mainly because of Apple’s plans for next year and beyond. Those plans will need carmakers to add multiple screens to their vehicles and then hand control over to Apple. This new fuel app capability will help people much sooner.
Apple is expected to release iOS 16 to the public in or around September.