Bentley is trialling a new app-based fuel-delivery service that means owners may never have to search for a petrol station ever again.
The British luxury car manufacturer is working with US start-up Filld to trial the service with Bentley owners in California.
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All they will need to do is open the app, choose a delivery time and their fuel will be delivered wherever it’s required. The car will automatically share its exact location securely through the app.
“Bentley ownership is about more than just the vehicle – it’s the entire luxury experience. We are continuously investigating ways in which to offer our customers tailored, convenient, smart services that afford them the greatest luxury of all: more time,” explained Bentley’s director of product and marketing, Christophe Georges.
The service is part of Bentley’s on-going connected car strategy. Other connected car technology already offered in Bentleys include an Apple Watch app which can be used to adjust the seats in the Bentayga SUV and monitor real-time information such as how fast it’s being driven.
Georges added: “Our connected car strategy will continue to expand and innovate in order to further enhance the Bentley lifestyle.”
The companies have hinted that predictive refuelling could follow – with the app automatically dispatching a man with a petrol can when you’re running low on fuel.
Cofounder and CTO of Filld, Christopher Aubuchon, said: “Filld and Bentley share a vision for leveraging powerful connected car technology – to one day eliminate the need for customers to refuel their cars themselves, removing inconvenience, and giving them more of their valuable time back.”
Bentley isn’t saying if or when the service might be rolled out around the world, but it’s fair to assume it could make it to the UK sooner rather than later.