Apple is preparing a CarPlay update that will allow users to pay for gas from their vehicle dashboards using apps, according to a report shared by Reuters today that can confirm the new software will begin rolling out this fall. The feature was quietly unveiled during Apple’s developer conference earlier this month, teasing the advent of fuel apps that would simplify the process of filling up by allowing one to skip the process of inserting or tapping a credit card. Executives with HF Sinclair, a Dallas-based energy company, have already confirmed that their stations will support the new CarPlay feature and will share more details about the plan in the coming months. Apple iPhone users will simply need to download a fuel company’s app and enter their payment credentials.
“We are excited by the idea that consumers could navigate to a Sinclair station and purchase fuel from their vehicle navigation screen,” said Jack Barger, the company’s senior vice president of marketing.
Fuel apps are just the latest in a sustained push by Apple to make it possible to tap to buy from the navigation screen. It has already opened up CarPlay to apps for parking, electric vehicle charging and ordering food, and it also is adding driving task apps such as logging mileage on business trips.
Fuel is a major expense for car owners. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated in April that the average U.S. household will spend about $2,945 on gasoline in 2022, or about $455 more than last year.