The interface between ICT and mobility continues to drive innovation. The latest payment system is for cars and is intended to serve as a car account in future.
The RWE subsidiary Innogy Innovation Hub , the major Swiss bank UBS, and the Friedrichshafen automotive supplier ZF presented the Car eWallet payment service at the CES in Las Vegas. The system initially aims to facilitate the payment of tolls as well as of parking and recharging fees. The payments can effectively be made on the go. eWallet is primarily intended for electric cars.
It can be topped up via PC and via an app. The user then authorizes the system to independently make payments up to a defined limit. In order to secure the automatic mobile wallet, it will be equipped with block chain technology. In subsequent stages of development, Car eWallet should also be able to receive payments, allowing cars to be rented, for example. In the longer term, this will allow vehicles to be included as power storage systems in intelligent power grids. Initial field tests for the system are scheduled for this year.