A few weeks ago, we reported that Apple Pay was getting a test drive in ExxonMobil’s Speedpass+ app, with Apple Pay users in limited locations now able to tap and go to pay for their gas.
It seems the service is now ready to pull out into regular traffic, as reports broke yesterday (March 8) that ExxonMobil will be rolling out Apple Pay at more than 6,000 gas stations nationwide.
And though it will be real world — and highly habit-forming — commerce, it will not be via the tap-and-pay method that is, generally speaking, the hallmark of physical retail that Apple Pay uses. The ExxonMobil integrations instead capitalize on Apple Pay’s use as an in-app payment method.
To pay at the pump with Apple Pay, users must download the ExxonMobil Speedpass+ app. When drivers roll up to an ExxonMobil station, the phone knows where it is and lets users select a pump number, or they can use the app to scan a code on the pump. From there, it is gas pumping as normal, followed by authorizing payment with Apple Pay.
Then, drive off, confident in mobile payments victory. Or go get a carwash. According to reports, that is also possible.