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Auto Tech Outlook | Monday, July 19, 2021

Hans Puvogel, COO, Parkopedia and Eugene Tsyrklevich, CEO, Parkopedia

ThinxNet leverages state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology to enable payments at the gasoline pump can be done easily from inside the vehicle as part of the same API that supports Parkopedia’s payment platform’s ‘pay-at-the-pump application.

FREMONT, CA: Parkopedia and ThinxNet, two industry-leading connected car solution providers, have teamed up to improve the refueling experience for drivers, automakers, and fueling stations across Europe with intelligent connected solutions that allow drivers to pay for their fuel directly through their vehicle’s head unit.

Hans Puvogel, COO at Parkopedia, commented, “We are delighted to partner with ThinxNet, and integrate essential pay-at-the-pump fueling services for drivers into our recently announced payment platform. Our relationships with key connected vehicle service providers are a vital aspect of why we are already the market leader for in-vehicle parking payments. As we expand across further vehicle-centric payment services, we need partners that are aligned with us in delivering exceptional connected services that enhance the journey for drivers.”

ThinxNet leverages state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology to enable payments at the gasoline pump can be done easily from inside the vehicle as part of the same API that supports Parkopedia’s payment platform’s ‘pay-at-the-pump application. Drivers can refuel fast, affordably, and safely, eliminating the need to exit the vehicle or access a payment kiosk. ThinxNet’s solution is already available at over 1400 fueling stations in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, with more in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and the rest of Europe on the way.

“The partnership with Parkopedia is a logical next step for us to fulfil our vision of hassle-free, secure and reliable transactions around the car. We are convinced that a seamless in-car experience is a key driver for the adoption of connected services like digital fueling,” added Sandra Dax, CEO, ThinxNet.

Parkopedia’s new multi-domain payment platform is an expansion of the company’s existing parking payment system, which is now in use by several major automakers throughout the world. Fuel payments and other vehicle-centric services like EV charging and tolls will now be available through a single sign-on solution, eliminating the need for drivers to maintain numerous apps and accounts for their on-the-road payment needs.

The integrated system from Parkopedia manages the full aggregation and payment flow between suppliers into a single payment platform, integrating with broader car sensors to give a seamless and complete digital fueling experience for the driver. When drivers are alerted that their fuel tank is low, they will be offered real-time fuel pricing and directed to their favorite station. The platform starts the pump, initiates the transaction, and safely manages the payment from the vehicle once it arrives on-site.Discounts and loyalty programs and the delivery of electronic receipts can be applied automatically, providing drivers with a higher level of connected service and simplifying management for manufacturers.

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