Taxi drivers in Hong Kong can now accept contactless payments on a standard NFC Android smartphone using Visa Press to call point-of-sale (sPOS) software solution.
Visa has made the solution available to taxi drivers in the region, allowing passengers to pay for their rides by tapping their contactless card on the driver’s Android smartphone, choose to add a tip and receive a digital receipt for the transaction.
To date, a hundred drivers of Taxi Chung Sing signed up to use the service “with a few hundred more to follow in the coming months but [Visa] said it aimed to woo the city’s 18,163 taxis with the cashless payment service,” according to a South China Morning Post report.
Visa is making Tap to Phone available to Hong Kong taxi drivers in partnership with payment service provider Global Payments Asia-Pacific, and now aims to “reach out to minibuses and ferries to enable passengers to pay for small tickets through its contactless system, which is already available on more than 6,000 franchise buses and will be rolled out at MTR stations next year,” the post read.
A short video shows how the Push to Phone solution works.
Visa unveiled the Tap to Phone solution in January 2020, rolled out trials in over 15 countries in October 2020, and launched pilots in six US cities in June 2021.