Travelling in London is getting a little easier from today. Apple and Transport for London have announced a big upgrade to their contactless system which will help speed things up when paying for a trip around the capital.
The upgrade, called Express Transit, means that those with an iPhone or Apple Watch will no longer need to arm their devices when tapping in or out at stations or on buses.
Until today, if you wanted to use Apple Pay on the London network you would have needed to authentic the device first either via the Touch ID fingerprint scanner or new Face ID system.
But that’s all changing.
From now on, all you have to do is simply place your iPhone or Apple Watch straight on the card reader and your device will do the rest.
TFL says this is a vital upgrade especially with more and travellers opting for this digital way of paying.
Contactless payments are now more popular in London than the ageing Oyster Card system and 1 in 5 of those journeys are now performed using a device such as the iPhone.
This is only set to grow further and being able to tap and go without having to fiddle with any buttons or facial recognition should only help to boost things further,
“It is a step change in the way we think about how to charge people, the notion of having to understand what ticket you need, do I need an Oyster Card,” said Mike Tuckett, head of transformation delivery for TfL.
“We’re just trying to sweep that away and make it super simple.”
One final advantage of the new Express Transit tech is that it will still work if your phone should run out battery – something that wasn’t possible before.
What devices will Apple Pay work on?
Customers can pay using Apple Pay on an iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, SE, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max or Apple Watch.
How do I set my iPhone up for Apple Transit?
Before you can use the Apple’s Express Transit mode you’ll need to enable it.
On your iPhone head to Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay – then tap on Express Travel Card and to set up the debit card you want to use.
Once set, that will always be the account that is charged when using London transport.
Published at Mon, 02 Dec 2019 07:04:00 +0000