Secure mobile payment and digital wallet services were launched in the UAE during the last year
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has enabled the use of smartphones to pay for taxi fares via Samsung Pay and Apple Pay.
The secure mobile payment and digital wallet services, which were launched in the UAE during the last year, have been enabled in taxis across the emirate through Network International, the company that supplies the RTA with card payment services (POS technology).
While payment in cash or by credit cards will remain in place, the new service is part of the ‘Smart City’ initiative of the Dubai Government, according to Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency.
"The service is aimed to offer taxi riders smooth payment options that raise their satisfaction and happiness, he said.
"As many as 8,000 taxicabs are now using this POS technology, and we aim to broaden the scope of the service to cover a larger number of taxi users."For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.