Bird and Apple are operating jointly to make the renting process for a dockless electric scooter even simpler. Shortly, anybody having an iPhone can employ NFC tag of Apple Pay to open and rent a Bird bike, entirely bypassing the app for e-scooter firm.
The headlines was first cited by vice president for Internet Services at Apple, Jennifer Bailey, at the 2019 Transact conference in her keynote in Las Vegas, which is targeted toward users in the payment sectors. Apart from Bird, Bailey also claimed that Apple was operating with PayByRide, a parking meter payment firm, and Bonobos, Walmart’s e-commerce arm.
Renting and finding a Bird scooter now is not specifically hard, so the fact that Bird and Apple see this as a chance to make a comparatively simple experience even simpler is appealing. Currently, you install the Bird app, find the nearest bike on the map, and away you go after scanning the QR code. This new feature might remove all of those processes and let you to just click your phone against the e-scooter to start the payment and begin your ride.
On a related note, Apple earlier declared that Apple Pay will be arriving to mass transport systems in primary US cities later in 2019. Chicago, Portland, and New York City will be the first to show support for the transaction service, which will let users to swiftly pay fees with their handsets.
Apple Pay for public transport is not completely new, but it is new to the nation. Rails and subways in Moscow, London, Guangzhou, and Tokyo all support the capability of paying for fees using Apple Pay. Transport systems in Bejing and Shanghai let consumers to include their pre-loaded transport cards to Apple Pay using a service dubbed as Express Transit. It seems that same feature will be offered for users of US metro systems.