Automakers expand connected car ecosystem with payment technologies

As integrated payments technology continues to evolve and internet of things technology expands the automation of voice control and natural language, the auto industry is increasingly looking at mobile purchasing as another key feature of the connected home experience.

The same technology used to turn off the lights, lower the temperature and secure the front door is being used to in car navigation systems, unlocking and starting the car on a winter morning and buying a morning cup of coffee, paying bridge and highway tolls and pre-ordering a breakfast muffin.

Honda announced what it calls the first integrated driver and passenger infotainment system called Honda Dream Drive, which provides customers with the ability to enjoy a range of voice controlled services through the car dashboard, including the ability to pay for everything from gasoline to parking and food pickup without the need for drivers to pull out a mobile app on their phone.