ExxonMobil's Speedpass+ app has had Apple Pay support for over a year now (since March 2016), encouraging iPhone mobile payments, but the idea of Apple Watch payments remained off the table. Just a week ago, however, the company decided to enable gas bill payments for the Apple Watch by way of its Speedpass+ app. The company says that you can pay for your gas bill on your wrist now at more than 10,000 Exxon and Mobile gas stations across the United States. There are a few app updates that will enable the feature, so don't be surprised if you find more than one update hitting your iPhone and Apple Watch. Additionally, ExxonMobil has decided to bring the connected car into the equation, adding support for Ford SYNC 3 in the process as well.
ExxonMobile Fuels, Lubricans & Specialties Marketing Company Marketing VP Matt Bergeron celebrated his company's decision:
With these updates to the Speedpass+ app, consumers now have even more options to pay for fuel while sitting in the comfort of their car - either using Ford SYNC 3 or the Apple Watch. This is more than a cashless payment app; it is a platform that earns and redeems Plenti loyalty points and manages receipts. With ExxonMobil's heritage and commitment to innovation, the Speedpass+ app continues to bring new benefits to its users.
Thanks to ExxonMobil, Ford car users can pay by tapping on the screen in their cars, and Apple Watch users can make payments from their wrists. In a time when analysts are losing faith in smartwatches and wearables, large tech companies are gaining interest.
Head on over to the Speedpass+ app on your iPhone and prepare to add the Apple Watch functionality you've been craving. Have you made your first gas bill payment with your Apple Watch? Let us know.