Android Pay recently became Google Pay, and Google Pay is already getting better with support for transit tickets. Google is thinking up more ways to increase user adoption of its payment service, and where better to start than transit ticket support. This is beginning in Las Vegas, but support will grow to more cities and transit systems with time.
With the latest update for Google Pay, travelers can use their phone as a virtual transit ticket when using the Las Vegas Monorail. This has been made possible by NXP’s MIFARE, which is a contactless ticket technology. The technology went through rigorous testing to make sure the chance of counterfeit is low, and eventually gained approval by the Las Vegas Monorail. Now that it’s rolling out, we anticipate other transportation services jumping on board, so long as everything goes smoothly.
I don’t live in Las Vegas, nor do I travel there often, but I can see this being exceptionally useful especially for frequent travelers. It’s one less thing you have to remember to bring with you when you travel, and hopefully, your phone is important enough to you that you won’t leave it home. Users can by a ticket online and save it to their Google Pay app. Then, simply present the phone at the gate. There’s no need for anything else, and you won’t even need to open the app when paying because it’ll do so automatically. It works just as Google Pay does at a store checkout.
Perhaps we’ll learn more or get an expansion in May at Google I/O.
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