It’s not just Ford that has future plans to link cars to the consumer industry. On Monday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Visa signed a partnership for the development of a car payment solution aimed at the automaker’s cars in Brazil. Company plans include the possibility for the driver to pay for fuel with the solution.
More products will be added in the near future. In addition, all driver consumption would be monitored. According to FCA Latin America’s head of product, innovation, and connectivity, the company’s vision is to see the vehicle as a mobile platform present in people’s daily lives, similar to a smartphone.
Another point to prioritize for the idea is to make it “agnostic”. In other words, it would support more wallets, so it is a feature that consumers can use when they need to pay for some product or service.
Before the final launch, both companies stressed that the project will have to go through the pilot program and analysis phases to see if the product would be commercially viable.
So far, there is no set date for the solution to be released in practice to drivers. However, the intention of both companies is to have a product available to their users next year.