- Amazon’s Alexa voice-powered assistant can now help pay for gas at more than 11,500 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the U.S.
- Say “Alexa, pay for gas,” and she’ll use location services to find the gas station you’re at. Tell her which pump number, and you won’t have to swipe your card or use the PIN pad.
- Amazon hasn’t said whether or not it plans to roll out the service at any additional stations in the U.S.
Amazon Alexa can now help you pay for gas at more than 11,500 Exxon and Mobil gas stations across the United States. Use an Alexa-enabled mobile device or car equipped with Alexa Auto, so you don’t have to use the card reader or keypad to pay for gas. Amazon Pay is a more secure way to pay, and there’s an added benefit: it takes away that additional step where you could come into contact with germs or your card could meet up with a card-skimming device. We tried Alexa’s new feature to fill up our long-term Ram 1500 to show you how it works.
When you arrive at any cooperating Exxon or Mobil gas station, pull up to any pump and use your Alexa-enabled device or Alexa Auto to say, “Hey Alexa, pay for gas.” Then, she’ll ask you which pump you’re at. For instance, say “I’m at pump number one,” and then if you have a credit card attached to the Amazon account (you’ll need to do this) payment will be processed safely and securely. After that, just grab the pump, select your fuel, and fill up. It’s as easy as that. Well, for us, it actually wasn’t that easy the first time.
When we arrived at the closest Mobil station to our Ann Arbor, Michigan, headquarters, we pulled up to a pump and used the Amazon Alexa iPhone app to try and pay for gas. We said, “Hey Alexa, pay for gas,” and everything worked smoothly, except Alexa warned us that since it was our first time getting gas at ExxonMobil, Amazon Pay would have to share our name, email, and station location, but then gas wouldn’t pump. However, after a second attempt, it worked flawlessly.
An Amazon spokesperson would not reveal any plans to roll out this service to other gas stations in the future, but it wouldn’t be surprising.
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