Parkopedia’s in-car payment platform will be a key enabler for the transition toward smart...

Parkopedia’s in-car payment platform will be a key enabler for the transition toward smart cities, where tolling systems are set to become the industry norm.

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Connected vehicles services provider Parkopedia and mobile tolling payment system Uproad have announced in a statement the integration of their platforms, automating the toll payment process.

The partnership enables access through tollways by unifying Parkopedia’s in-car payment platform with Uproad’s digital toll payment system, eliminating the need for a tolling transponder. Drivers only need to register once to enable license plate recognition to identify the vehicle every time it passes through a toll, triggering the automated payments that drivers now expect from their connected vehicles. Real-time notifications are also sent to the driver for each event, allowing for transaction transparency. 

In addition to tolling, Parkopedia’s vehicle-centric payment platform allows drivers to pay for both on- and off-street parking, as well as EV charging, and ‘pay-at-the-pump’ fueling, via the vehicle’s infotainment system. The platform offers a solution to the time-consuming and expensive task of aggregating a large number of service suppliers and payment providers for automakers, uniting them into a single integrated solution.

Unique single sign-on capabilities, with full payment card industry (PCI) data security compliance, allows for consistency across all merchants and all commerce domains, bringing together a plethora of payment service providers without additional enforced customer authentication at the point of sale. 

“Millions of U.S. drivers use toll roads and crossings every day," said Anthony Michael Ibrahim, director of business development and partnerships in North America at Parkopedia in the statement. "We are delighted to partner with Uproad to increase our payment platform’s tolling coverage across North America and provide drivers with the seamless, automated digital toll payments that they now expect from their connected vehicles. Uproad and Parkopedia are both providers of cutting edge driver convenience technology, and are committed to providing safe, transparent, and secure systems enabling positive user experiences for drivers.” 

"This partnership marks an important chapter in Uproad's pursuit of providing drivers with a frictionless way to navigate toll road charges and pay tolls," added Sean Boyan, VP of business development at Uproad. "Parkopedia is a forward-thinking and dynamic industry leader, and we are truly excited to announce this partnership. Uproad covers about 90% of all U.S. toll roads, so we're confident that together we'll vastly improve many driver's toll road experiences."

Uproad is the latest addition to Parkopedia’s portfolio of payment services in the U.S. and Europe, joining recent additions such as parking operators Passport, APCOA, and OPnGO, and fueling partners ThinxNet and CarPay-Diem, further expanding the reach of the Parkopedia payment platform since its launch last year. The company's toll alerts and payments are currently available in 19 U.S. states, with further coverage to be added later this year.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet