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You Can Now Ask Alexa to Pay for Gas at the Pump
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In the time of Covid, we've never been more aware of how many potentially dirty surfaces we're touching day in and day out. A new feature from Amazon Alexa wants to help us avoid at least one of those: The credit card reader at the gas station. 

At Exxon and Mobil stations nationwide, you can now use the Alexa app on your phone or Alexa-enabled device in your car for a safe and simple way to pay. There's no need to swipe your card, enter your zip code or touch the keypad. With fuel payments secured by Amazon Pay, your data is more protected and your purchases are more streamlined. 

Here's how it works: 

1. Pull up to the pump at your Exxon or Mobil station.

2. Using the Alexa app on your phone or Alexa-enabled device in your car, say "Alexa, pay for gas."

3. Follow Alexa's prompts to activate the pump.

4. Fuel up and head out. Payment is handled automatically.

The Alexa app is available on iOS 11.0+ from Apple App Store and Android 6.0+ from Google Play. Install the app from the app store and select open. To engage Alexa from the app, simply say "Alexa". (Learn more about how this specific feature works here.)

That's one less germ-laden surface we don't have to touch anymore—even though we're still practically glued at the hip to our favorite hand sanitizers. (OK fine...Lysol disinfecting wipes, too.) 

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