Mercedes-Benz teams up with Mastercard to introduce native in-car payments at the pump

By CARSIFU | 26 September 2023

STUTTGART: Mercedes-Benz is partnering with Mastercard in Germany to introduce embedded in-car payments at the point of sale.

Customers will be able to use a fingerprint sensor in their car to make convenient and secure digital payments at more than 3,600 service stations in the country.

Mercedes-Benz is the world's first automaker to integrate Mastercard Secure Card on File for Commerce Platforms technology for online payments into its vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz customers in Germany can now start the fuelling process directly from their vehicle and pay digitally by fingerprint.

Eliminating the need to enter a PIN or authenticate via mobile device, drivers can now leverage convenient payments to enhance the in-vehicle experience.

The native in-car payment service Mercedes pay+ will turn the car into a payment device. The fingerprint sensor integrated into the MBUX infotainment system enables biometric two-factor authentication.

Digital payments at service stations using the fingerprint sensor will be possible with Mastercard debit and credit cards in current Mercedes-Benz models.

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Fingerprint payment authorisation at a gas station represents the first use case for native in-car payments at the point of sale.

This technology allows for transaction data to be encrypted using uniquely assigned cryptograms, in turn protecting sensitive payment information.

"With Mercedes pay+, we are making everyday life easier for our customers. 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," said Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG chairman Franz Reiner.

A study conducted by the German market research company GfK on behalf of Mastercard shows that around half of 18- to 39-year-olds would order and pay for services and goods directly via the infotainment display.

The proponents would like to use in-car payment primarily for everyday car-related services: 60 percent would pay their gas bill or electric vehicle charging directly via the car.

"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," said Mastercard chief digital officer Jorn Lambert.

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How Mercedes me Fuel & Pay works

When a driver reaches a connected service station and switches off the engine, the Mercedes me Fuel & Pay service will start automatically on the MBUX infotainment system.

Once started, the driver can simply select the appropriate gas pump. Even before refueling, the system will calculate the maximum total amount based on the current fuel price and the amount of fuel when the tank is full. And, rather than authorising the payment via a mobile device, the driver will complete their transaction seamlessly through fingerprint authentication.

After refuelling, the driver will see the amount of fuel refuelled and the invoice amount on the MBUX display. Payment will be made automatically and the driver will be able to leave the gas station without having to walk to the checkout area. The invoice is then sent to the customer by e-mail.

Contactless payment via Mercedes me Fuel & Pay and fingerprint sensor is now possible at over 3,600 gas stations in Germany.

In addition to Mastercard, Visa cards are activated for digital payment at gas stations using Mercedes pay+.

Consumers of a Mastercard and Visa credit or debit card issued in Germany can use native in-car payment by registering their card in the Mercedes me user account and activating Mercedes pay+ in the vehicle via the MBUX infotainment system. Fingerprint payments from the car will be extended soon to other vehicle-related services and to other European markets.