French company DS Automobiles has launched the UK’s first ever contactless payment car key. It’s a great idea especially for paying for petrol or groceries (up to £30) at service stations.
However, it could be used for purchasing just about anything, instead of having to carry your wallet or purse around.
Designed for the DS 3 Connected Chic model, the contactless key integrates the bPay payment chip, which harnesses Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology, to turn the existing DS 3 car key into a convenient way to pay.
Customers who purchase a DS 3 Connected Chic model throughout September will receive the integrated car key, allowing them to make purchases up to the eligible contactless spending limit of £30 at more than 490,000 locations across the UK.
Customers will also be able to track their spending, top up their balance, and take control to block or cancel the contactless payment element using the dedicated bPay app available on iPhone or Android devices.
As well as a contactless payment car key, the DS 3 Connected Chic also boasts 17-inch black diamond-cut ‘Aphrodite’ alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning and eMyWay satellite navigation.
In addition, drivers can easily stay connected due to the mirror screen technology with Mirror Link and Apple CarPlay which replicates the driver’s smartphone screen onto the 7-inch colour touchscreen in the centre console.
Says Mark Blundell, UK Marketing Director at DS Automobiles:
“At DS we’re always looking at how we can credibly complement our customer’s active lifestyles, where staying connected and being able to easily interact with the world is key.
“With the combination of connectivity features integrated into DS 3 Connected Chic models, and the ability to make those must have purchases with the DS contactless payment car key, we really feel we have achieved this.”
DS 3 Connected Chic models start from £15,775 OTR with the PureTech 82 manual version. It’s available from £199/month with a 3-year warranty, DS roadside assistance, and contactless payment key. For more information on the DS 3 Connected Chic, you can visit the DS Website here.
You can see the contactless payment car key in action in this YouTube video below: