The automotive industry is not just about cars anymore. It's about technology, innovation, and most importantly, digital payments. As we move towards a more digitized world, the way we pay for our vehicles and services is evolving rapidly. Here are the top 5 trends in automotive payments that are driving this digital revolution.

1. Mobile Payments, The New Standard for Automotive Transactions. Mobile payments have seen a significant rise in popularity in recent years. According to Statista, mobile payments are projected to reach a staggering $9.46 trillion in 2023. This trend is also sweeping the automotive industry, where customers can now make payments for services and even vehicles directly from their smartphones.

The same survey results indicate that many consumers are already using or are open to using mobile payment apps for gas or parking due to the convenience they offer. However, some consumers still prefer traditional payment methods like credit cards and cash, indicating that while mobile payments are on the rise, other payment methods are still relevant.

2. Contactless Payments are The Safe and Convenient Way to Pay. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, contactless payments surged in popularity and continue to rise. A study by Mastercard found that 79% of consumers worldwide are using contactless payments, citing safety and cleanliness as key drivers. In the automotive industry, this means an increased demand for payment solutions that minimize physical contact.

3. Real-Time Payments - The Need for Speed. Real-Time Payments, where transactions are processed instantly, are becoming the norm. ACI Worldwide predicts that Real-Time Payments will account for 17.4% of total transaction volume by 2025 and that factors such as security features, ease of use, and merchant acceptance influence consumers' decision to use real-time payments.

4. The Power of Personalized and Customizable Payment Experiences. As consumers demand more personalized experiences, businesses are tailoring their payment solutions to meet individual needs and preferences. This includes flexible payment options, personalized reminders, custom checkout experiences and tailored offers.

5. Data Security is the Cornerstone of Digital Payments. With the rise of digital payments comes an increased focus on data security. According to a survey by PwC, 85% of consumers believe that data security is a top concern when making mobile payments.

The Road Ahead The automotive payments landscape is rapidly changing, driven by trends such as Mobile Payments, Contactless Payments, Real-Time Payments, personalized payment experiences, and data security. As these trends continue to evolve, businesses in the automotive industry must adapt to meet the changing needs and expectations of their customers.

Everyware's Pay By Text solution is well-positioned to meet these evolving needs, offering a secure, convenient, and personalized payment experience. As we move forward, it's clear that the future of payments in the automotive industry is digital.