“Alexa pay for gas,” is a phrase that created serious buzz at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
A Gilbarco Veeder-Root Encore 700 S gas pump was turning heads at CES as Amazon and ExxonMobil team up to create a more frictionless payment experience using the popular AI assistant, “Alexa.” Check out the video to see how it works:
Convenience Retail / Gas Station Credit .@sandy_carter Yep here’s how the new connected car to gas station works with @Alexa #Payments #MachineLearning #AI #cloud #CES #Gasprices Gasoline #DigitalTransformation pic.twitter.com/XIVR34AHAZ— C-Store News (@CStoreNews_) January 11, 2020
The Alexa skill allows consumers to simply pump gas and leave without ever using a payment terminal. Drivers simply say “Alexa, pay for gas,” to trigger the payment process. The AI assistant then confirms the gas station and the pump number. After that, Alexa uses your Amazon Pay account to make the transaction.
11,500 ExxonMobil gas stations will become Alexa-enabled across the U.S. later this year, according to TechCrunch. The skill will be initially available to consumers with Alexa-enabled vehicles, Echo Auto, and other Alexa-enabled mobility devices.
This is just the latest strategy from a growing list of brands that are trying to revolutionize the C-store shopping experience. Some chains like Maplefields are using Gilbarco’s Express Ordering and Express Lane Self-Checkout System together to create a more frictionless foodservice offering. Others are getting creative with mobile apps, loyalty programs, and forecourt merchandising through media at the pump.
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