Thanks to technology, we can now make payments through our smartphones. But soon, you'll be able to do the same using your Mercedes-Benz. Yes, you will be able to purchase items from the comfort of your Benz through the onboard touchscreen. Best of all, there's no need to type in a password either. All that's required is authentication from a fingerprint scan. Did we mention it accepts Visa?
Mercedes-Benz recently partnered with Visa to allow owners to make purchases directly from the MBUX infotainment system. This isn't the first time the automaker will be offering in-car payments, though. Mercedes already has something called Mercedes Pay, which allows owners to buy goods and services directly in the car. But given how the segment is expanding, the automaker will now take advantage of Visa's Delegated Authentication technology and Cloud Token Framework to allow native in-car payments.
By partnering with Visa, owners no longer need to input long credit card numbers and the like. Instead, your fingerprint will serve as part of the two-factor authentication by using the Cloud Token Framework. As a result, customers can simply order and purchase items and services via the MBUX touchscreen infotainment system.
“In partnership with Visa, Daimler aims to offer native in-car payments that meets the requirements of two-factor authentication in a secure and user-friendly way. There is nothing more convenient than authorizing a payment with your fingerprint. A luxury customer experience of course includes the aspect of safety, and we fulfill that through native in-car payment. We offer our customers security not only when driving, but also when paying,” said Franz Reiner, CEO of Daimler Mobility.
Mercedes did not expound on what can be purchased from the in-car payment system. However, they said the feature will be rolled out in Europe starting next year, initially in Germany and the UK. It will then be available in other markets at a later date.