There might not be much you can do to get around the tedious task of filling up your car with fuel, though your forecourt visits could soon become a lot faster thanks to a new app-based payment system from Shell.

Developed in conjunction with online commerce company PayPal, the new app, called Shell Motorist, will be rolled out across Android and iOS smartphone platforms and will allow drivers to select the desired pump on their phone, use it to fill up and simply drive off, with the transaction being authenticated and a receipt sent to the device automatically.

The system is currently being tested, and is expected to be rolled out across the majority of Shell’s 1,000 UK forecourts later this year.

Michael Hominick, Retail Marketing Manager at Shell UK, said: "We're committed to providing a fast, safe and secure service. We've listened to our customers and know they will benefit from this innovation. They will now have the flexibility and convenience of paying without having to leave their car. Those who want to go in store and pay or purchase other items will still be able to, with the benefit of reduced queues.

"This is an exciting development for Shell. We believe that by working with a trusted brand like PayPal this new service will positively impact our service stations by delivering the security, choice and convenience UK motorists are after."

Traditionally, motorists are forbidden from using mobile phones on forecourts, though Shell claims this is more for personal safety rather than there being any fire risk.

“We do not allow customers to use mobile phones while on the forecourt, though purely for safety concerns arising from being distracted. Drivers are free to use their phones provided they are within a stationary vehicle,” a Shell spokesperson said.

Daljinder Nagra


February 11, 2015

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