A new study has found that the value of in-vehicle payments, where a payment is made via embedded vehicle systems, will reach $86 billion in 2025, up from just $543 million in 2020.
This dramatic growth will be driven by increased partnerships which are improving the availability of services, particularly in the fuel and smart parking segments.
The report notes that, in order to support this rapid growth, established payments vendors must be included within collaborative ecosystems, to ensure that requirements such as security via tokenisation and integration with digital wallets are achieved effectively.
These elements will be critical in establishing in-vehicle payments as a viable channel and, if ignored, will likely see initiatives fail to achieve widespread adoption.
Fuel & charging payments dominating market
The research found that fuel and electric vehicle charging payments will be the leading area for in-vehicle payments adoption; accounting for 77% of payments by value in 2025.
This will be largely due to the high number of anticipated future partnerships in this area, as well as the ease of migrating existing mobile payment solutions into in-vehicle systems.
“Fuel and charging can be the compelling use case that accelerates the adoption of in-vehicle payments, but to achieve this, industry participants must focus on building collaborative frameworks that boost integration and improve availability,” notes Nick Maynard, Research co-author.
The research found that voice commerce will be a major supporting factor in the in-vehicle market. The increasing integration of voice assistants within the vehicle’s systems, not just via smartphone mirroring, will enable drivers to make e-commerce purchases from behind the wheel in a seamless way.
This will drive other in-vehicle payments, including e-commerce, food and drinks to over $11 billion in 2025, from just $12 million in 2020.
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