Morning Brief 8.27.20: Discover puts payments behind the wheel

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Discover and fintech Car IQ are trying to turn vehicles into payment devices through a platform that allows fleet vehicles to make cardless payments for tolls, fuel, insurance, parking and other services.

Car IQ creates digital authentication files for vehicles using a form of device fingerprinting developed specifically for cars. This triggers a payment file for Discover, with transactions paid via a virtual card over the Discover Commercial Payments Network.

Discover positioned the partnership as part of a broader strategy to expand machine to machine transactions and internet of things payments. Commerzbank and Daimler made a similar deployment for fleet vehicle payments in 2019.

Hiring spree

The digital payments push that's followed the coronavirus lockdown has boosted Paytm's volume, enough to add more than 1,000 engineers, data scientists and financial analysts.

The company is also hiring more than 50 senior executives as it ramps up its expansion beyond digital payments, reports Businessworld in India. Paytm is also extending its digital merchant services to grow its merchant range.

Paytm attracted several rounds of funding in late 2019 to provide capital for the company's diversification strategy.

New processor

Payments gateway Wirex has moved its processing business from troubled payment company Wirecard to Railsbank.

Wirex supports both traditional currency and cryptocurrency payments, and will use Railsbank to support transactions in Asia. Railsbank recently acquired Wirecard's U.K. unit, which should ease the transition for Wirex's clients.

Wirecard filed for insolvency in June following an accounting scandal, and has since placed several of its business units up for sale. A number of Wirecard's clients have also moved to new processors.

Whose ID?

Australia's bank-supported New Payments Platform is suing Ripple, alleging the blockchain company has infringed on NPP's copyright for the PayID brand.

NPPA launched the PayID brand in February 2018, alongside an advertising campaign. More than 60 Australian banks use NPPA, as do most cryptocurrency exchanges. That includes overlap with Ripple's Open Payments group.

Ripple launched its digital ID coalition, also called PayID, earlier in August. NPPA claims this suggests Ripple was aware of Australia's PayID brand, reports Cointelegraph.

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