MAN partners with BP to pilot digital in-truck payments
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BP is to pilot its digital in-truck payments app, InTruck Connect, in the UK with MAN Truck & Bus as part of MAN’s digital product, MAN SimplePay. The lorry thus becomes a digital wallet that provides complete transparency and simplification of all payment transactions, according to the creators.
Together with partner BP, MAN is launching a solution for automated contactless and secure payment processes when refuelling – without cash or physical (credit) cards. The driver stays with the HGV, thus eliminating visits to the filling station shop and saving time as a result. This also reduces possible contact with other people in times of the coronavirus pandemic.
It requires an activated MAN telematics box and an approved bp In-Truck Connect account. The app automatically provides accurate information on fuel purchases, mileage and other data to fleet managers, eliminating errors and removing the need for drivers to enter mileage themselves.
It also connects fuel cards with truck data, to improve security and help identify potential discrepancies.
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From a technical point of view, the payment process takes place directly from the vehicle via the RIO Box in the vehicle. Digital processing of the payment process is carried out by another partner, the payment processor Stripe.
The cloud infrastructure is provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
It is planned that the market launch of MAN SimplePay together with BP will take place as quickly as possible, MAN says. After the IAA Transportation 2022, MAN SimplePay will be available to pilot customers in the English market.
“We aim to use digital technology to enhance the customer experience and provide the very best service to fleet managers whilst simplifying the refuelling process for truck drivers. With our InTruck Connect solution, drivers can refuel and be back on the road in three simple steps. Drivers just need to confirm the fuelling site on their MAN truck infotainment system, unlock the pump and refuel. The truck logs the transaction and pays for the fuel itself. InTruck Connect makes the process efficient and easy, so that drivers and managers can save time and have more security and transparency over their fuel purchases,” Vice-President of bp fleet Europe Alexandru Eftimiu explained.