Honda is working together with Visa to demonstrate that cars could be the next mobile payment platform at the 2016 Mobile World Congress. This could mean that drivers do not have to leave the comfort of their cars to pay for fuel at the pump station or pay for parking fee or they also can pre-pay for the items inside a convenience store.
The idea is to integrate an app in its Android Auto SDK-based infotainment system and a digital account numbers or “tokens” which is safely stored inside the system. The token will be provided by Visa through its service known as Visa Token Service which available currently for any payment processes from simple to complicated transactions. However, the existing service is available for mobile phone and Visa has opened its service to automakers and worked with Honda Developer Studio to develop a proof of concept that the service is actually also working in the car’s infotainment system.
Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships for Visa said that the notion of transforming a car into a platform for payments was not as far off as some may think, and they had made a great deal of progress since first introducing the idea one year ago. He also added that working with Honda to test these prototypes got them another step closer toward commercial reality, which they thought provides exciting opportunities to everyone who played a role in the payments and automotive ecosystems.
For this project, Honda is working with ParkWhiz, a startup based in Chicago. ParkWhiz provides a service through its Website or mobile app for users to reserve and pay for off street parking in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Honda is looking whether ParkWhiz able to customize the app to be able to work in Honda’s in-dash infotainment system.
The three companies, Honda, Visa and ParkWhiz, are expecting a three-month pilot program of a fuel app concept in Northern California and a parking app concept in New York City this coming spring. Android Auto apparently is found in mass production vehicles such as Accord, CR-V and Pilot. Hopefully this will be available in Apple CarPlay too in the future.