Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK and British oil and gas company, bp, have tested the first digital in-truck fuel payment system in the UK, running a “successful” pilot trial with Wren Kitchens.
The new app-based system, ‘bp In-Truck Pay’, aims to make fuel purchasing and management faster, more efficient and more secure for both truck drivers and fleet managers.
The app has been developed for the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz Actros, which can be specified with Multimedia Cockpit, Interactive.
This incorporates the Truck App Portal, an open platform that can be used by fleet managers to easily assign apps to their vehicles via their Multi-Touch Display.
Automatically relaying purchases, mileage and other data back to base, In-Truck Pay eliminates errors, provides accurate information to managers and removes the need for drivers to enter mileage themselves, according to bp.
The app is designed specifically for fleet operators to help get drivers back on the road faster. It requires just three simple steps – drivers confirm the site, unlock the pump and refuel.
The truck directly logs the fuel transaction – paying for the fuel itself. Drivers don’t need to pay in the shop or to enter data. And there is no need for fuel cards, removing complications from managing lost or damaged cards and the risk of fraudulent card use.
When Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK launched its new Actros range in 2019, it polled customers to ask them what type of app they would like developers to offer that could help their businesses. Top of the list was ‘solutions that address refuelling issues’.
In the pilot trial, Mercedes-Benz truck customer Wren Kitchens, used bp In-Truck Pay with 11 vehicles from its fleet.
Lee Thompson-Halls, national fleet manager for Wren Kitchens, said: “The trials have shown an increase in efficiency, with savings of approximately five minutes per transaction.
“When you add that up over time, it will have a hugely positive impact on our business, which delivers over 100,000 kitchens per year across the UK. Not only that, but it will also be beneficial for our drivers, by creating a safer and quicker way to pay for fuel.”