Cubic and Google Pay to launch transit cards for Android phones
Posted: 16 October 2019 | Intelligent Transport
Cubic and Google have collaborated to simplify how travellers pay for their journeys in major metropolitan areas.
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Google have signed an agreement to integrate contactless transit cards with Google Pay, making it faster and easier for travellers to use their mobile phones to pay for journeys, without the need to unlock their devices.
The collaboration provides transit agencies using Cubic’s revenue management systems with the benefit of Google’s user capabilities to increase convenience and encourage ridership. The rollout of this technology aims to further enhance the contactless payment technology already available in cities such as London, New York and Miami.
“Today’s travellers seek more choices, flexibility and personalisation – which is why we strive to develop innovative mobile transit payment solutions to enable seamless and convenient travel experiences,” said Bradley H. Feldmann, Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of Cubic Corporation. “In addition to the traveller benefits our agreement will provide, we are proud to offer a solution that will reduce costs, as well as increase efficiencies and ridership for transit agencies.”
The mobile platform is designed to provide travellers with new tools to manage their transit cards and improve their journey efficiency. Passengers can add transit cards to Google Pay, securely reload funds and purchase tickets directly from their mobile device – eliminating the need for a physical transit card. The technology also allows users to access real-time schedules and notifications for trip planning, and ensure the correct fare is selected.
“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.”