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Technology Google Pay will soon work with major public transit cards

16:05  14 october  2019
16:05  14 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Google Maps is getting smarter and making your commute easier

Google Maps is getting smarter and making your commute easier Public transit is so prevalent in New York City that I can almost always reach my destination without having to leave the subway. At worst, I have to hop on a bus for the last leg of my journey. But even in NYC, and more often in cities where public transit isn't quite as ubiquitous, there's always a chance that the train or the bus or the subway will only get you most of the way there, which is why Google Maps is upgrading its transit directions.

Google Pay will soon become much more useful for folks who use public transit — at least in the city of Las Vegas. Google says more cities will gain support for transit tickets in the future, though we don’t have any specifics yet. If this feature came to your city, would you use it?

Contactless payments will be supported on certain NYC public transit routes beginning on May 31. Recently, Google has been hard at work with transit agencies in more than 30 cities around the world including, London Not only will you soon be able to pay using your phone, but Google and the

Paying for public transport could be about to become more convenient, with fare payment system Cubic Transportation Systems teaming up with Google to offer contactless transit payments using Google Pay.

  Google Pay will soon work with major public transit cards

Riders will be able to pay for journeys using their mobile phones, building on existing contactless payment systems found in cities like New York. Cubic hopes this system will reduce costs and make paying for public transport more efficient.

In London, travelers can already purchase transport tickets using Google Pay, either through the Citymapper payment card or by using mobile payments or contactless cards. However, current systems only allow the purchasing of single fares with daily and weekly caps in place to prevent overspending. In theory, the new system should allow the purchase of season tickets as well, by setting up an Oyster travel card within the Google Pay app.

Google Maps now makes it easier to get to your destination

Google Maps now makes it easier to get to your destination You can now connect public transit, walking, biking and ridesharing directions for an easier trip.

Google Pay is the fast, simple way to pay on sites, in apps, and in stores using the cards saved to your Google Account. It protects your payment info with multiple layers of security and makes it easy to send money, store tickets, or cash in on rewards – all from one convenient place.

Some features in Google Pay are only available in certain countries and on certain devices. We’re working to bring many of these features to other Note: Google Pay only works with certain transit systems. Pay using info saved to Chrome. You can use Chrome autofill wherever the Chrome

By adding a transit card to Google Pay, users can reload funds and purchase tickets from their mobile device, so they can get rid of the physical card entirely.

Cubic has not specified a full list of which cities will support the new system, but it is likely to be a broad range of locations as its past projects include transportation systems in New York, Vancouver, Sydney, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Fransisco and London.

"Working with Cubic will help us simplify the commute for Google Pay users in several major transit systems -- including support for Clipper cards in the San Francisco Bay Area," said Ambarish Kenghe, director of product management for Google Pay. "Ultimately, our goal is to make riding public transit seamless and convenient for as many people as we can."

Google's Waze-like app for public transit hits five more cities .
Last year, Google incubator Area 120announced a public transit app that works in a similar way to Waze. Users of Pigeon report transit information to help others know if they're likely to face delays or other issues. Until now, it's only been available in New York City, but as of today, it's going live in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Pigeon sends you custom notifications about journeys (including the weather) before you set off to help you plan accordingly. There's a social aspect as well -- you and other folks can grumble together about particularly bad service or chat about a rad subway musician.

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