In today s Android Pay demo at Google I/O, we got to see the experience that will soon be reality for Tube-riding Londoners.
As part of Android Pay s arrival in the UK, Google introduced a partnership with Transport for London that will allow riders to use the app s NFC technology for transit fares.
Using actual TfL turnstiles onstage, senior director of product development Pali Bhat showed how riders simply tap in and out of turnstiles with their phones, with the fare deducted automatically from their bank or credit card on file.
And although this is not a problem for some transit systems, in London if you don t tap out at the end of your journey, you get charged the maximum fare.
Besides making transit transactions painless for passengers, there are a slew of advantages for this type of payment on the transportation agency side.
Of course, paying with Android Pay today requires that cities have the right turnstiles installed.