Alaska Airlines leverages NFC to let passengers create a digital passport they can store on their smartphone

Alaska Airlines digital ID sign-up sequence on smartphone for passengers verifying their passport for international travel

Passengers with a US or Canadian passport travelling on international flights operated by Alaska Airlines can now verify their passport is valid for travel before they reach the airport and without needing to show it to an airline customer service agent using a digital identity stored on their smartphone... More


Hyundai to launch contactless in-vehicle payments

Hyundai Pay contactless in-vehicle payment screen showing map and Parkopedia booking

Drivers in the US who buy the 2024 Hyundai Kona electric car will be able to find, reserve and pay for parking spaces at 6,000 locations around the country from their dashboard touchscreen using the Hyundai Pay in-vehicle payments platform... More







Starbucks trials reusable contactless cups

Three Starbucks returnable and reusable cups filled with beverages

Customers at 12 Starbucks outlets in the US state of California can now opt to have their beverage served in a reusable cup that they can return after use to a smart collection bin which scans the cup and then automatically enters them for a prize draw... More


California pilots mobile driving licence and ID card for airport identity checks and age verification

3 smartphone screens showing the California DM wallet mobile driving licence and ID card

Residents of the US state of California can now generate and store a digital version of their driving licence or state ID card on their Apple or Android smartphone and use it to verify their identity at selected Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport security checkpoints and confirm their age when making age-restricted purchases in selected stores... More


Contactless payments key to driving public transport use Visa survey reveals

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More than nine in ten public transport users worldwide expect to be able to make contactless fare payments when travelling on public transport (94%) and more than four in ten identify the ability to make contactless fare payments as a key factor in encouraging their use of public transportation (41%), according to Visa’s 2023 Future of Urban Mobility survey... More




LA Metro adds support for fare capping to TAP contactless ticketing system

Fare capping status screen on LA Metro TAP app

LA Metro in the US city of Los Angeles has added support for fare capping to its TAP transit ticketing system so passengers making contactless fare payments with their physical TAP transit card or mobile app pay no more than the price of a daily or weekly pass no matter how many journeys they make on any given day or in any seven-day period... More