China pilots facial recognition subway payments
14 March 2019 15:39 GMT

A local subway operator in Shenzen is testing facial recognition subway access, powered by a 5G network, as spotted by the South China Morning Post.

People entering the station can scan their faces on the screen where they would normally have tapped their phones or subway cards.

Their fare then gets automatically deducted from their linked accounts. They will need to have registered their facial data beforehand and linked a payment method to their subway account.

Currently in a trial mode, the facial-recognition ticketing service could in future help improve the efficiency of handling the up to 5 million rides per day on the city’s subway network. Shenzhen Metro did not elaborate when it will roll out the facial payment service.