Amazon has teamed up with ExxonMobile to give drivers the option of using Alexa to pay for fuel, according to CNN Business.
The new feature should be available at 11,500 Exxon and Mobil gas stations beginning in April. According to CNN, “customers using Alexa to pay for gas will be asked to confirm the station location and the pump number. Transactions will then be processed using Amazon Pay with payment information stored in their Amazon account.”
Integrating Alexa with gas station purchases has benefits for everyone involved. ExxonMobile sees it as a way to differentiate their stations, adding a level of convenience that just might bring in more drivers.
“Paying for fuel from the comfort of your car is an innovative way to really wow consumers,” said ExxonMobil’s consumer marketing manager Devin Miller.
Alexa integration could also improve security. There have been a number of serious cybercrime attacks targeting fuel stations recently, with anyone who has used a credit card to purchase gas at risk. Just as using Apple Pay is safer than using a debit or credit card, using Alexa to pay for fuel adds another layer of separation between cards and the cyber criminals who want to steal them.