PayPal Helps Make a Mobile Experience of the Gas Pump

Although most motorists are familiar with the caveat of using their mobile phones while fueling up outside their car, the innovative geniuses at PayPal have smartly and safely found a way to make gassing up a unique mobile experience.

This week, PayPal confirmed its partnership with regional convenience store chain Cumberland Farms. The new mobile partners will introduce SmartPay, a mobile app that will let drivers pay for their gas while sitting inside their car.

No more fumbling for debit cards, waiting in line to pay cash, or dropping your coins in the parking lot.

“The new Cumberland Farms smartpay app automatically locates the gas station where you are and then lets you turn on the pump and pay with PayPal while still in the driver’s seat,” says Anuj Nayar, Director of Communications for PayPal.

But as Nayar confirms, you still have to get out of the car to pump the gas.

“Unfortunately, we can’t do everything,” he concedes.

But close enough. The new app, which is available on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android-powered smartphones – not to mention the mobile web – conveniently links the driver to his or her already established PayPal account. And rest couldn’t possibly be any easier or more effortless.

“This is yet another example of how PayPal is helping ease the friction points between retailers and consumers,” Nayar says. “If you are in the Boston area and have the opportunity to test it out, please let us know how it went in the comments section.”