Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, which provides finance, lease and insurance services to customers of Mercedes-Benz-brand cars, SUVs and vans, announced that the CEO of Mercedes pay USA will take part in a connected-car panel at AutoTech Detroit on June 7.
Jana Breitkopf, managing director and CEO of Mercedes pay USA, will detail how Mercedes pay is turning the car into a payment device, together with a representative of Mercedes pay’s partner in offering in-car payments for off-street parking, Parkopedia.
The newly released in-car feature, available on any Mercedes-Benz vehicle in the United States with the MBUX infotainment system and on-board navigation installed, allows drivers to identify available off-street parking facilities and reserve a parking space via the infotainment system.
The system enables motorists to select check-in and check-out times, and view the total cost and confirm their booking, at which point drivers will be sent a QR code to scan when arriving at the car park to gain entry. Payment processing is then enabled automatically by Mercedes pay. Parkopedia, one of the leading parking-service providers in the United States, provides the location and parking facility data that helps enable this feature, according to Mercedes-Benz.
“With this Mercedes-Benz exclusive feature, drivers will end the hunt for parking meters, loose change or the right smartphone app,” the automaker said in a news release. “Mercedes pay just made paying for off-street parking much more convenient. Drivers will be able to start, stop and then securely pay for their off-street parking using the in-car MBUX system or the Mercedes me Connect app.”
Joining Breitkopf on the panel will be Hans Puvogel, the COO of Mercedes Pay partner Parkopedia, among other industry experts.
“Our goal with Mercedes pay is to provide a seamless and exceptional customer experience across payment touchpoints within the Mercedes-Benz ecosystem,” said Jana Breitkopf, managing director and CEO of Mercedes Pay USA. “This new feature addresses a major customer pain point, parking, and we’re going to make that experience a lot easier for Mercedes-Benz customers.”