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【Summary】The platform was recently updated to allow Apple Watch users to pay with their device at over 10,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the US.

Michael Cheng    May 10, 2017 6:10 AM PT
Pay at the Gas Pump with Apple Watch and Ford Sync 3

In the arena of wearables, the smartwatch is king. However, innovation has slowed down in the past two years due to lack of integration with everyday services. Another reason is the device's strong reliance on connection to a nearby mobile unit.

As long as smartwatch developers keep collaborating with popular stores and essential service providers, many believe that the gadget may one day replace handheld phones – and wallets. Payments services, such as Android Pay, Apple Pay and PayPal, are all competing to become your go-to option for wireless checkout.

Pay with your Apple Watch

Apple's latest move to get ahead of its competitors in the digital payments space is a smart one. The tech giant is currently participating in ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ mobile app. The platform was recently updated to allow Apple Watch users to pay with their device at over 10,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the US.

The app also allows users to monitor Plenti points and previous receipts. Individuals aren't limited to using Apple Pay, as the app also accepts synced credit cards for payment. Furthermore, transactions can be completed without contactless terminals. Wireless payment capabilities were introduced to the Apple Watch during the release of watchOS3.

"With these updates to the Speedpass+ app, consumers now have even more options to pay for fuel while sitting in the comfort of their car – either using Ford SYNC 3 or the Apple Watch," said Matt Bergeron, vice president of marketing for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company.

The only issue with paying with the Apple Watch is its requirement to be connected to an iPhone. To complete a transaction, users must select the correct pump from the app. A signal is sent to the phone via the watch, where the payment is executed.

The Speedpass+ mobile app is also compatible with Samsung Pay, which was launched last month. People using the payments service can pay for gas and car washes at participating stations.

Pay with your Ford Car

Don't have an Apple Watch but still want to pay wirelessly at the pump? ExxonMobil also updated the app to accommodate payments with Ford vehicles. To pay with your Ford car, you need to be on the Ford Sync 3 platform. In the US, this is the first service that allows people to pay with their vehicle.

"We are focused on providing consumers with the best possible experience at our Exxon and Mobil stations. This includes making the process to earn and use Plenti points completely seamless," said Kim Kemper, US loyalty manager for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company.

Such options are not new in the UK. Shell recently partnered with Jaguar to release a payment feature that lets users pay at gas stations from their dashboard. The payments option works with Apple Pay and PayPal for the Jaguar F-Pace, F-Type, XF and XE models, as well as the latest releases from Land Rover. Like the Speedpass+ mobile app, users can view and track their previous receipts from the dashboard.

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